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    Incentivizing sustainable wood energy in sub-Saharan Africa a way forward for policy-makers 2017
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    Woodfuel contributes to more than half of energy consumption in 22 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, and over two-thirds of the households in Africa use wood as their main fuel for cooking, heating and water boiling. While its use is expected to further increase due to population growth and urbanization, there is hardly any systematic approach to developing a sustainable wood energy sector in the region. Absence of effective policies governing wood fuel production, trade, conversion, and consumpt ion and the resultant indiscriminate and inefficient wood fuel collection and use contributes to continued deforestation and forest degradation. In addition, this is also causing indoor air pollution with obvious adverse health impacts besides imposing disproportionate fuelwood collection burden on women and children. While there have been instances where some of these challenges were addressed through suitable regulatory and incentive mechanisms, currently, however, information on such mechanis ms is scattered. The proposed work directly contributes to SO 4 - Enable Inclusive and efficient agricultural and food systems and also SO 3 - Alleviating rural poverty.
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    [Working Paper] Sustainable Wood Energy and Food Security and Nutrition 2017
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    With food insecurity, climate change and deforestation and forest degradation remaining key global issues, this paper highlights the role of sustainable woodfuel in improving food security. Food insecurity and a high dependence on woodfuel as a primary cooking fuel are characteristics common to vulnerable groups of people in developing regions of the world.With adequate policy and legal frameworks in place, woodfuel production and harvesting can be sustainable and a main source of green energy. Moreover, the widespread availability of woodfuel, and the enormous market for it, presents opportunities for employment and for sustainable value chains, providing further rationale for promoting this source of energy. This paper explains how sustainable woodfuel is closely linked to food security and provides insights in how the linkages could be strengthened at all stages of woodfuel production, trade and use.
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    WISDOM for cities - Analysis of wood energy and urbanization using WISDOM methodology
    Woodfuels Integrated Supply/Demand Overview Mapping
    2008
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    This study reviews the nexus between rapid urbanization processes, poverty and woodfuel consumption trends in the urban and peri-urban areas of developing countries. It examines the environmental and socio-economic changes induced by rapid urban growth, such as the increase in charcoal consumption, and proposes conceptual and methodological tools to support urban wood energy planning and the establishment of sustainable wood energy systems. The WISDOM methodology and the additional urban w oodshed module are applied to selected cities in East Africa (Dar-es-Salaam, Arusha-Moshi, Kampala and Khartoum) and Southeast Asia (Phnom Penh, Battambang, Vientiane and Luang Prabang), using the WISDOM analyses recently carried out for these subregions as reference. The studies reveal how deeply the supply zones extend into rural areas and forests, with woodfuels often travelling several hundred kilometres to reach urban consumers, and highlight the essential contribution of wall-to-wall analy sis in the definition of the zones of influence of individual cities. To support operational wood energy planning within priority areas defined at the strategic level, the study presents the features and parameters to be collected for accurate woodfuel flow analysis and discusses best practices in urban and peri-urban land management for the integration of woodfuel production in multifunctional urban forestry.

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