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FOREST ENERGY or WOOD ENERGY???

What do you think of the term FOREST energy?
Do you prefer the traditional term of WOOD energy?
What do you understand by the two terms?
Is there a difference?

Our definition: Forest Energy is the energy obtained from woodfuels (fuelwood, charcoal, black liquor and other) derived from woody biomass obtained from forests, woodlands and trees. Forest energy systems include all activities from production to end use (i.e. harvesting, transportation, preparation, conversion and marketing of woodfuels). Forest Energy can be used for both traditional and modern uses in rural and urban areas. We have already received one comment:

I noticed the definition of "forest energy" given in your Web site and I think it actually defines what is usually called "wood energy". Am I right? The new term may drive the point home to foresters that wood energy indeed is an important forest product. However, in Asia we would stick to the term "wood energy", because here most of it originates from non-forest land. (Wim Hulscher, RWEDP, Bangkok, Thailand)

Please write and let us have your views: forest-energy-forum@fao.org

It's agreed - our slogan for Forest Energy is:
NEED ENERGY? - PLANT A TREE
A big thank you to everybody who sent their views.

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