Sustainable Woodfuel Production in Latin America:
The role of Government and Society
by Eliane Ceccon & Rogerio C. Miranda

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This book has been peer-reviewed
Authors: E Ceccon & RC Miranda

Published: 2012

human-environment interactions, sustainability, woodfuel production, human ecology, bioenergy, biomass, firewood, charcoal, forest replacement associations, Brazil, Nicaragua, Latin America.


Debate and Social Change Series
Cat: SC0003EN
ISBN: 978-1-938128-02-8

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Woodfuel is an important energy source for many developing countries. At the same time, unsustainable woodfuel production can be a cause of forest degradation and eventually deforestation when demanded by unregulated markets. Most of sustainable forest management approaches for woodfuel production are theoretical, with only a few successful cases in Latin America.  One of these are the Forest Replacement Associations (FRA), which are a nonprofit civil association that promote woodfuel production in small and medium farms and has been extensively tested during the past 20 years. The main objectives of this book is to review some experiences of  sustainable woodfuel production emphasizing  the FRA in Brazil and Nicaragua, including field visits and semi-structured stakeholder interviews, to extract the lessons learned and the potential challenges in their future implementation as sustainable forestry strategies elsewhere.

Eliane Ceccon is a world recognized expert in Human-Environment Interactions and Sustainability. Her research interests  include  Ecosystems Restoration,  Sustainable Woodfuel Production and Human Ecology. She graduated from the Universidade Federal de Paraná in Brazil in Forest Eng. where she also obtained a MSc in Forest Sciences. Eliane earned a PhD in Ecology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Currently she is a full-time researcher at the CRIM-UNAM in Mexico.

Rogerio C. Miranda is a top world leader in the development and manufacturing of improved biomass stoves in Latin America. He has received three distinguished awards: the global ASHDEN award on sustainable energy in United Kingdom in 2003; the national Home Planet award in Brazil in 2004; and the USAID award of Appreciation in 2006.  Rogerio was most recently a Senior Official with the World Bank in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw a portfolio of bioenergy projects across Africa. Currently he is the President of PROLENHA  and the Technical Director  of Ecofogão, both in Brazil.
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