Association GERES

Helping forest communities manage woodfuel sources

Technical sheet

Technical sheet


Location: Cambodia


Dates: 2008 - 2015


Technical partners:

  • Forestry Administration of Cambodia
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • Global Environment Facility
  • EEP - Energy Environment Mekong
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland


  • Forestry Communities living out of fuelwood collection and trade
  • Land owners selling their wood resources


Action description

Action description


Designing a sustainable biomass supply-chain

The Sustainable Forest Management project piloted a natural resource management and business model which enabled sustainable management of resources and enterprises by forest-dependent communities. With help from improved charcoal kiln technology, and by building the capacity of forest communities for woodlot management and improved charcoal business operations, GERES is able to help forest communities learn how to manage their woodfuel sources, as well as how to sustainably profit from it.


From objectives to activities

  • Forestry Administration of Cambodia identified suitable plots within community forests and private woodlots
  • GERES assisted communities in conducting an inventory of the available biomass resources, and designing a sustainable forest management plan
  • GERES forestry experts trained local communities and villagers on monitoring, harvesting and replanting, in line with the sustainable forest management plan
  • GERES business experts designed profitable business models and link wood suppliers with charcoal producers and other fuelwood users
  • GERES community facilitators ensured community understanding and engagement throughout the process.
  • Local communities and private woodlot owners harvest and manage the plots in a sustainable way, following GERES training, and generate income by selling the wood.


From actions to impacts

  • 8.5 hectares of community forests and woodlots already implementing their management plan
  • 625 community members trained on sustainable forest management