Around 60 million Nigerians still rely on firewood for their cooking.
Meanwhile, tonnes of paper used in the country everyday ends up in landfill because of the lack of suitable recycling systems.
One project aims to solve both solutions using small scale production of paper briquettes – flammable blocks of paper.
The project aims not only to reduce the reliance on firewood – in turn reducing deforestation – but also helps people in the local communities learn skills and develop businesses.
In the fifth of a series of UNFCCC CDM Radio Club reports RTCC is hosting, Ugochi Anyaka from Aso Radio in Nigeria debates whether this type of project could and should be approved under the Clean Development Mechanism.
The story won the third prize in the 2011 UNFCCC/CDM African Radio Contest.
The radio club aims to spread the word about the CDM in Africa and extend the benefits of the mechanism to communities that have not yet benefited from the scheme.