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1.1. Background

Almost all African countries still rely on wood to meet basic energy needs. At aggregated level, woodfuels share an estimated 60% to 86% of African primary energy consumption, except in north African countries and South Africa, where the woodfuel contribution is less significant. Moreover, woodfuel use accounts for 90 to 98 % of residential energy consumption in most of sub-Saharan Africa.

This could be achieved in three steps:

1.2. Objective of the study

The global objective of the current study is to compile, compare and analyze existing woodfuel statistics in Africa. This analysis has a dual objective:

1) Quantitative analysis of existing statistics will enable the role of woodfuels in meeting energy needs in African countries, to be assessed. It will also improve understanding of the global trends of woodfuel use, their contribution to wood removals, and associated future environmental and energy challenges.

2) Qualitative analysis of woodfuel statistics will permit assessment of the level of uncertainty related to existing data, consistency issues as well as issues related to applying the UWET and defined uniformed tables. These qualitative analyses will also supply relevant indications and suggestions for improving the data collection process and developing a specific programme to this end.

1.3. Scope of the study

This study covered almost all 55 African countries, grouped into eight main sub-regional entities :

1.4. Methodology

The first step was to identify and classify the main international or national sources of woodfuel data available for Africa.

Where relevant, and in certain instances, additional tables were also created in order to present the data differently :

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