Informal Urban Firewood Markets Persist Despite Large-Scale Socioeconomic Development
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Charlie Shackleton currently works at the Department of Environmental Science, Rhodes University. Charlie's primary research interests include the ecology and use of non-timber forest products, rural livelihoods, urban forestry and the role of wild foods in food security and diversity.

                       

Informal Urban Firewood Markets Persist Despite Large-Scale Socioeconomic Development

Almost three-quarters of Africa’s urban population uses firewood as their primary source of domestic energy, and the International Energy Agency projected that the absolute numbers will almost double by 2030. However, future projections of energy demand and specifically firewood use are complicated, uncertain and depend a great deal on the broader political and socio-economic trajectories at local, national, and regional scales. Two decades ago, Williams and Eberhard (1996) estimated that 13 million m³ of firewood were used annually in sub-Saharan...

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