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5. Improving data and information for sustainable wood energy development

An action-oriented approach to building a wood energy data base

1. Collect secondary data.

2. Define a framework for organizing a wood energy data base and design a system for managing (input-retrieval) wood energy data.

3. Develop a wood energy typology.

4. Define and identify representative areas for local-level studies (provincial- and /or town-village areas).

5. Implement studies for representative local-level areas
- woodfuels flow surveys;
- woodfuels supply surveys (include other biofuels);
- sectoral energy consumption surveys; and
- pilot or demonstration studies.

6. Analyse results of representative local-level studies (i.e. wood energy assessment and projection studies), formulate local policies, and plan local programmes.

7. Extrapolate wood energy assessment and projection studies for other local areas using results of representative local studies.

8. Integrate local studies for national-level wood energy assessment and projection studies.

9. Formulate national-level policies and planning of national-level programmes.

10. Identify follow-up local-level studies.

5.2.1 Development of a typology of local wood energy situations

- high woody biomass/low population density;
- medium woody biomass/medium to high population density;

- low woody biomass/low population density: mountain areas;

- low woody biomass/low population density: semi-arid and arid areas;

- urban areas; and

- transition zones (e.g. refugee camps).

43 LEAP or Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning is a computer based energy planning model that integrates land use analysis as part of the biomass energy analysis module of the model. The model was developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute-Boston (see
44 Soussan and Mercer. 1991).
45 Masera. (undated).
46 See “FAO-FD Forest Energy” web page: (
47 See again Section 3.2.8 – Understanding woodfuels flow
48 Using local level studies and starting with woodfuels flow studies also provides possibilities for directly working with woodfuels producers, traders and “commercial” users for programme implementation. Thus, this can be considered a market-approach for intervening in traditional woodfuels systems as it allows for immediate “involvement of local entrepreneurs” and “mobilization of local funds for counterpart financing” (i.e. the “investment” made by traders, producers, and commercial users) for “profit-oriented activities”. 

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