The Fuelwood Trap

The Fuelwood Trap : A study of the SADCC region

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Over 60 million people live in the SADCC countries; by 2000 AD the number will be over 100 million. The vast majority, city-dwellers as well as farmers, rely on wood fuel for domestic use. Supplies are diminishing as consumption grows. The quality of life is deteriorating yet further and the environment is more and more degraded. But these phenomena are not simply the consequence of a wood shortage which might be cured by some cropping and management policy. They flow from a complex network of causes each contributing in its way to growing poverty and want which has, as one obvious symptom, the shortage of fuel for life's basic purposes. The authors, by means of case studies, examine those causes throughout the nine SADCC countries and consider the policies that can be developed there which will not only help to alleviate the symptom but will help to prevent the imminent catastrophe which it represents. Originally published in 1988show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 196 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 358.34g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138997846
  • 9781138997844

Table of contents

Foreword by J. T. C. Sim6es, Regional Coordinator, SADCC Energy Sector Preface Part One the People's Fuel 1. Setting the Trap The SADCC Region Wood - the People's Fuel The Heavy Costs of Deforestation The Fuelwood Trap 2. Avoiding the Trap Developing a New Approach Learning from the People Conclusion Part Two Rural Areas 3. Building a Sustainable Future Africa's Crises Sustainable Development Land-use Systems People Know how to Grow Trees Tree-management Systems 4. Tackling the Problem on the Ground Lilongwe Plain, Malawi Gutu, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe Mwenezi, Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe Shinyanga, Tanzania Swazi Nation Land, Swaziland Dedza-Ntcheu Highlands, Malawi 5. The Secret of Success Addressing the Causes Contrasting Approaches Spreading the Word 6. Locating the Problem Areas The problem of Woody-biomass Supply Assessment Biomass Supply in the SADCC Region: Country Overviews Focusing in Malawi: a Country Example Part Three Urban Areas 7. Urban Energy Use Urban Energy Context What Shapes Energy Consumption? Why are Fuel Choices Made? 8. Urban Energy Options Fuelswitching Supply Enhancement Fuel Conservation Improving Marketing and Transport Conclusion 9. Conclusions Appendix I Agroforestry Options for the SADCC Region Appendix II Eucalyptus Friend or Foe? Appendix III Beware the 'Miracle Tree' Appendix IV Option for Seedling Production Appendix V Seeds versus Seedlings Select bibliography Indexshow more