Bioenergy from Wood

Sustainable Production in the Tropics

  • Thomas Seifert

Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 26)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thomas Seifert, Pierre Ackerman, Paxie W. Chirwa, Clemens von Doderer, Ben du Toit, Johann Görgens et al.
    Pages 1-10
  3. Anton Kunneke, Jan van Aardt, Wesley Roberts, Thomas Seifert
    Pages 11-41
  4. Thomas Seifert, Stefan Seifert
    Pages 43-65
  5. Paxie W. Chirwa, Stephen Syampungani, Coert J. Geldenhuys
    Pages 67-87
  6. Pierre Ackerman, Bruce Talbot, Bo Dahlin
    Pages 109-135
  7. Johann F. Görgens, Marion Carrier, Maria P. García-Aparicio
    Pages 137-167
  8. Martina Meincken, Luvuyo Tyhoda
    Pages 169-187
  9. Cori Ham, Theo E. Kleynhans
    Pages 189-209
  10. Ben du Toit, Mark Gush, James S. Pryke, Michael J. Samways, Steven B. Dovey
    Pages 211-236
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 263-266

About this book


This book is written for scientists and practitioners interested in deepening their knowledge of the sustainable production of bioenergy from wood in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Utilising the value chain concept, this book outlines the necessary aspects for managing sustainable bioenergy production. A wide range of topics is covered including biomass localization, modelling and upscaling, production management in woodlands and plantations, and transport and logistics. Biomass quality and conversion pathways are examined in order to match the conversion technology with the available biomass.  A section is dedicated to issues surrounding sustainability. The issues, covered in a life-cycle assessment of the bioenergy system, include socio-economic challenges, local effects on water, biodiversity, nutrient-sustainability and global impacts. Through this holistic approach and supporting examples from tropical and sub-tropical countries, the reader is guided in designing and implementing a value chain as the main management instrument for sustainable wood.


Bio-energy Sustainable production Tropics Value-chain Woody Biomass

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Seifert
    • 1
  1. 1.Forest and Wood ScienceStellenbosch UniversityMatielandSouth Africa

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