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It has been long realised that fuelwood production/consumption (including charcoal) has serious socio-economic implication. Some of the most outstanding implications include the deforestation effect, the reduction in carbon sinks, with all the other environmental effects.

Under the general supervision of the chief, Forestry Planning and Statistics Branch, Forestry Policy and planning Division and the direct supervision of the Senior Technical Forestry Officer (woodfuels) and in close collaboration with the EC-FAO partnership programme on "Data Collection and Analysis for sustainable Forest Management in ACP countries linking National and International Efforts, this study has been commissioned.

The following tasks constitute the terms of reference of this study:

Present a review of the existing data related to woodfuels (mainly fuelwood and charcoal) available in the Gambia over the last five years at national and/or sub-national level, the review and compilation should cover woodfuel production consumption and trade (figures have to be reported with source reference).

Compare and assess this collected information with the woodfuel data sets provided by FAO (see attachment), comment on the results and complete existing data gaps of the FAO data sets as much as possible (providing again the source references).

Analyse the past, present and foreseeable trends of woodfuels, its supply, demand, consumption, and trade in the context of local, sub national and national level.




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