The project aims to promote a more sustainable development of the Union of the Comoros.
The Ylang-Ylang essential oil production sector is crucial to the Union of the Comoros, as it accounts for 20% of the country’s export revenues and provides employment for 10% of the working population on the islands of Anjouan and Mohéli.
The distillation of the Ylang-Ylang flower is mainly conducted by artisan distillers, who consume large quantities of wood and account for a significant proportion of the country’s deforestation (10 to 15%).
This weakens the ecosystems and biodiversity in the Comoros.
The project is based on 3 areas: the development of a High Environmental Quality approach, the strengthening of the sector, and the creation of dynamics of exchanges of experience on essential oil production.
It more specifically targets:
- The distribution of energy-efficient equipment (UDAFE – Energy-efficient Kiln Distillation Unit), integrating quality control and performance monitoring, and the creation of a sustainable fuelwood supply sector.
- The strengthening of the local sector and support for the creation of a high-quality sector respecting a charter (environmental, social, oil quality) by actors upstream in the sector.
- The creation in the Indian Ocean of a network of exchanges on the achievements and lessons learned in terms of supporting decentralized distillation sectors.
- At least 50% of wood is saved in 48 energy-efficient distillation units (UDAFE).
- A new UDAFE model is developed and reduces local wood consumption by two-thirds.
- 100 distillation operators benefit from skills training in how to use UDAFE.
- 50 distillers are trained in business management.
- 200,000 trees are planted.
- A social, economic and technical charter is adopted by actors upstream and downstream in the sector.
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