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LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (2018)

Forest biomass energy use in two rural communities in Eastern Cape

Stella Maphiri

Titre : Forest biomass energy use in two rural communities in Eastern Cape

Auteurs  : Stella Maphiri
Publisher  : LAP Lambert Academic Publishing
Date de parution : 2018-04-04
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Présentation
Access to secure energy supplies is widely acknowledged as a critical foundation for sustainable development. Rural households are highly dependent on forest resources for their livelihoods including energy needs. Fuelwood is a non-timber forest product (NTFP) that accounts for one of the main uses of forests and woodlands. Despite substantial household electrification programmes in South Africa, the use of fuelwood as a source of energy continues. This study aimed to analyze fuelwood use patterns of two rural villages situated in Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa in order to understand the perceptions of the community members regarding communal tree planting. The fuelwood was the most important product from the forests in both rural areas and natural forests were a valuable source of other NTFPs ; most notably indigenous fruit products. In addition, most of the fuelwood was used for cooking and heating purposes but that there was no deliberate use of energy efficient methods. On tree planting, the study showed that communities from both rural villages have an interest in planting trees around their households ; with the preference for fruit and shade trees.

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