Director: Toon Defoer | Producer: Toon Defoer
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: France
Traditional methods of charcoal production are energy-inefficient, resulting in the loss of much of the wood in production while also affecting the environment. Improved kilns increase the amount of charcoal produced while using less wood. They create less environmental pollution, generate more fuel-efficient charcoal and provide more income for charcoal producers. Charcoal producers also learn how to enter and navigate the charcoal market and negotiate prices for their products. The film opens with Virunga National Park officials hunting producers who illegally cut down trees in the park, then construct makeshift kilns to make low-quality charcoal.
The film also highlights reforestation and agro-forestry efforts.