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SEI: Woodfuel and Deforestation in Southern Africa -- A Misconceived Association

Author: Emmanuel N. Chidumayo
June 6, 2008


The consumption of woodfuel, especially in developing countries where this energy source is predominant, is often associated with deforestation. However, detailed analyses of where and in what form woodfuel is harvested, as well as where it is used, reveal that other competing uses of forestland and forest biomass may be more important causes of deforestation than is assumed. This is clearly demonstrated by the situation in the southern African countries.

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