Ecological Sustainability of Woodfuel as an Energy Source in Rural Communities

  • Rob Bailis
  • Jeff L. Chatellier
  • Adrian Ghilardi


Between one-third and one-half of the world’s population rely on wood and other biomass fuels to meet their energy needs. Table 18.1 shows an estimate of the number of people relying on biomass fuels in 2004 from the International Energy Agency (IEA 2006 ). The use of wood as a household fuel is overwhelmingly concentrated in less developed countries where alternative fuels like natural gas, kerosene, liquefi ed petroleum gas (LPG), and electricity are inaccessible.


Clean Development Mechanism Forest Degradation International Energy Agency Biomass Fuel Community Forestry 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Bailis
    • 1
  • Jeff L. Chatellier
    • 2
  • Adrian Ghilardi
    • 3
  1. 1.Yale School of Forestry and Environmental StudiesNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Center for Ecosystems Research at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMoreliaMexico

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