Forestry

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Fig.1 Cooking with woodfuel (BP 49, Kale)
Over 3 million people depending on biomass for household energy. Wood and charcoal are known as the major forest biomass fuels and are the most important energy supplies across the world. Often being the only available energy sources for rural and urban populations.

Forest biomass fuels represent 80-90% of all forest products (1). This is a significant proportion of the worlds supplies and is a major issue especially where management of resources and ensuring supplies are in place is concerned. Other reasons for depletion of the world's forestry reserves is due to overgrazing of livestock; forest fires; logging for timber; infrastructure development and the production of charcoal. Reasons behind these problems lie in rapid population growth, an increase in displaced populations; political miss management and a lack of alternative energy sources available (2).



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Failure to conserve forest reserves (photo: Nike Doggart, TFCG)
Deforestation has severe and often irreversible environmental consequences including soil erosion, depletion of water resources and climate change. Lack of fuel wood availability also has social connotations. This results in women have to travel further a field to find wood which can be dangerous and physically tiring.
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Kazimzumbwi National Forest (photo: Nike Doggart, TFCG)

Addressing forestry issues is difficult as resources and use are difficult to measure and monitor. In order to mange resources effectively mitigating strategies to prevent deforestation need to be in place. Much of this involves looking at household energy requirements and deciphering not only the environmental but also the social needs of biomass fuel users. Suggesting alternative energy sources which do not rely heavily on biomass fuels or at least reduce the amount of biomass fuel used is key.

References
  1. Sparknet
  2. Sparknet forestry scenario(pdf link)
  3. online essay




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