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MCHF Overview of work on forest law enforcement

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Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests (MCHF) promotes sustainable forest management and energy options to maintain forest cover and to reduce land-based emissions in Malawi. MCHF is a five-year activity funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Tetra Tech implements MCHF in partnership with five subcontractors: Winrock International (WI), the Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy (CEPA), the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT), World Resources Institute (WRI), and mHub.

MCHF’s objectives include:

1. Promoting adoption of alternative energy sources and efficient cooking technologies to reduce unsustainable wood fuel cooking demand, and most importantly urban demand for illegal and unsustainable charcoal;

2. Improving local delivery of forestry services, and promoting forest-friendly enterprises, including sustainable charcoal and other biomass energies;

3. Strengthening regulation and enforcement to support sustainable wood fuel production and use;

4. Increasing the Government of Malawi’s (GoM) implementation capacity of low emissions development in REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR), and/or other land use; and

5. Leveraging interventions with partners, including USAID, FCDO, other development partners, Government of Malawi and the private sector.

MCHF aims to strengthen regulation and enforcement to support sustainable wood fuel production and use. MCHF Objective 3 focuses on improving the regulatory framework for wood fuels and strengthening law enforcement capacity to address forestry-related crime, which are essential to build a more sustainable forestry sector—specifically a more sustainable charcoal value chain. This, in turn, will support other MCHF objectives by providing incentives for investment in sustainable forest management, the adoption of improved charcoal production, the uptake of improved stoves, and the competitiveness of alternative fuels.