Integrating Ecology and Poverty Reduction

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Ecology–Poverty Considerations for Developing Sustainable Biomass Energy Options

  • David J. GanzAffiliated withLowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF), Winrock International Email author 
  • , David S. SaahAffiliated withSpatial Informatics Group, LLC and University of San Francisco
  • , Jill BlockhusAffiliated withThe Nature Conservancy
  • , Craig LeisherAffiliated withThe Nature Conservancy

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An estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide, mostly in rural areas, suffer from energy poverty (World Bank 2009 ), that is, they have insuffi cient energy sources for cooking, heating, and the 101 small tasks that become big tasks when there are energy shortages. Energy has many forms, as introduced in the chapter by Doll in this section, but for the poor, much of their energy comes from biomass.