COMPETENCE PLATFORM ON ENERGY CROPS AND AGROFORESTRY SYSTEMS IN AFRICA (COMPETE)–OBJECTIVES AND RESULTS
Rainer Janssen et.al,COMPETE, 2008
ABSTRACT: As global fossil energy resources become constrained, bioenergy is emerging as a major potential resource to supply the energy services currently provided by these fossil fuels. Africa and Latin America have, in theory, very large areas of land resources ‘available’ for bioenergy production. However, the production of biomass for energy on the scales necessary to supply significant shares of national and global energy provision, will result in very substantial impacts (positive and negative) on the ecosystems and cultures of these target regions. The protection of biodiversity, rural livelihoods and management of scarce water resources are critical considerations in any analysis of the potential for sustainable bioenergy provision.
The objective of this Competence Platform on Energy Crop and Agroforestry Systems - Africa (COMPETE) is to stimulate sustainable bioenergy implementation in Africa. COMPETE will establish a platform for policy dialogue and capacity building in the major multi- and bi-lateral funding organisations and key stakeholders throughout the
bioenergy provision and supply chains.
Keywords: developing countries, bio-energy policy, energy crops, liquid biofuels, sustainable use of biomass