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Criteria and indicators for sustainable woodfuels










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    What woodfuels can do to mitigate climate change 2010
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    Climate change can be mitigated in several ways, but most strategies emphasize reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use and switching to energy sources that are less carbon intensive than fossil fuels. This publication explores the scope, potential and implications for using woodfuels to replace fossil fuels and thereby contribute to climate change mitigation. It analyses the current woodfuel offset mechanisms in place and their relative emission reduction potenti als. The scope is limited to solid woodfuels (fuelwood, charcoal, prepared biomass such as woodchips and pellets, and recovered products or residues from wood processing industries). However, some themes covered will be applicable to all woodfuels, notably the socio-economic and environmental impacts, financing options and overall development implications of more intensive and efficient use of woodfuels. The publication will be of interest to specialists and policy-makers in fo restry, climate change and renewable energy, as well as to forest managers, students and general audiences interested in learning more about the role of forests in energy production and the resulting mitigation potential.
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    Rapid woodfuel assessment 2017 baseline for the area around the city of Goré, Chad
    Woodfuel supply/demand, associated multi-sectoral challenges and recommendations for a peaceful management of natural resources
    2018
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    The two waves of refugees from the Central African Republic has provoked one of the most severe humanitarian crises in Central Africa and in the South of Chad. The different camps around the city of Goré host a population of more than 90 000 individuals of which 35% are refugees, 21% are repatriates and 44% are autochthones. This population is dependent on woodfuel for cooking, heating and lighting. This has increased pressure on the environment due to tree felling, wood collection and the conversion of forestland to agricultural land. FAO and UNHCR initiated a joint rapid woodfuel assessment in May 2017 to determine the supply and demand of woodfuel resources in the area. The assessment had four components: 1) an assessment of the woodfuel demand for cooking, heating and economic activities 2) an identification of current technologies and practices in use for cooking and potential bioenergy feedstocks in the area of interest 3) an assessment of the potential woodfuel supply in the area of interest 4) and the establishment of recommendations for planning interventions to improve clean energy access, promote sustainable forest management, support afforestation and reforestation measures and contribute to building resilience of affected populations in the area around the city of Goré.
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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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