Consuming Fuel and Fuelling Consumption: Modelling Human Caloric Demands and Fuelwood Use

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Authors: Joel Hartter and Kevin Boston
Date: Mar. 2008
From: Small-scale Forestry(Vol. 7, Issue 1)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Article
Length: 178 words

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Byline: Joel Hartter (1), Kevin Boston (2) Keywords: Community resource use plan; Integrated planning; Human caloric requirement Abstract: This paper describes a conceptual framework that was developed to integrate livestock, human, cultivation and forest constraints to model community fuelwood consumption over a 25-year planning horizon. This framework was constructed as an energy balance based on human caloric requirements in order to examine the effects of household-level decisions for nutrition, fuelwood and land use. A scenario from a virtual community in Uganda is presented to illustrate the utility of this model to allow rapid policy and scenario evaluation. User-defined inputs combined with published research data are used in simulating resource responses and energy consumption rates. This model is a potential tool to monitor fuelwood consumption and to understand the implications of various land-use practices. Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Geography, University of New Hampshire, 121 James Hall, Durham, NH, 03824, USA (2) Forest Engineering Department, Oregon State University, 204 Peavy Hall, Corvallis, OR, 97331, USA Article History: Registration Date: 07/01/2008 Received Date: 07/01/2008 Accepted Date: 07/01/2008 Online Date: 01/02/2008

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A206244757