A Study of the Share of Fuelwood in Total Wood Production in Private Tree Plantations in Lao PDR

RWEDP Report No.52, 2000

Woodfuels form by far the largest source of energy in Lao PDR, accounting for over 85% of all energy used. Unfortunately, it is often also considered to be in short supply. Evidence gathered has shown that non-forest land such as agricultural land, common land, homesteads, strips of land along roads, railways, etc. are becoming important (if not the most important) source of woodfuels in many countries. Besides these sources of woodfuels, more and more attention is being given to other sources of supply such as agro-forestry and community forestry schemes, forest plantations, etc.

The present study, which was initiated by RWEDP and carried out in Lao PDR, tries to shed some light on the productivity of such fast growing tree plantations. Next to the total productivity, the relative importance of the various components, i.e. timber/pulpwood versus woodfuels, was studied. The results of the study help to provide a better understanding of the interaction of labor and capital intensive tree plantations with woodfuel supply systems in general and Lao PDR in particular.

 Table of contents
4.Plantation Sites Studied
5.Drying Procedure/Method and Results of the Weighing
6.Summary and Conclusions
Part I: Tables
Part II: Annexes

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