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Fuelwood Availability And Consumption In A Semi-arid Savanna, Zimbabwe

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EENV030121

Volume

62

Pages

8

Published

2003

Size

393.79 kb

Author(s)

D. Mlambo, H. Huizing, I. Mapaure & G. M. Savanhu

Abstract

Fuelwood availability and consumption in a semi-arid savanna, Zimbabwe D. ~ l a m b o ' , H. ~ u i z i n ~ ~ , I. ~ a ~ a u r e ~ & G. M. savanhu3 I Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe 2~nternational Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences, The Netherlands 3~niversity of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Abstract This paper quantifies fuelwood availability and consumption in two villages and assesses the gap between the two variables as well as local strategies used to fill the gap. Traditional fuelwood collection areas were found to be wooded grasslands, hills and riverine woodlands. About 60 percent of the households in Shambamuto and 67 percent in Svova "B" collected fuelwood from nonwoodland sources such as cultivated lands, wooden structures, woodlots and other sources. Standing wood stock household-' was estimated at 19.4 tonnes in Shambamuto and 8.4 tonnes in Svova "B". Such stock had a potential of supplying an average household with fuelwood of 2.5 tonnes year-' in Shambamuto and 1.4 tonne

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