Publication: Myanmar Woodfuels Sector Assessment

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To address woodfuel issues and develop policies that incorporate woodfuels in a modern, sustainable energy mix, policy-makers therefore need nuanced, landscape-specific assessments of the contribution of woodfuels to deforestation and forest degradation, the structure and dynamics of commercial woodfuel value chains, and a better understanding of the current and future role of woodfuels in energy supplies. This study provides an overview of the commercial woodfuels sector in Myanmar for policymakers and stakeholders to address these issues. It consists of three parts: (a) an assessment of woodfuel demand in Myanmar, estimating consumption by households, commercial catering, and industries. This was based on primary data collected through field visits and phone survey, as well as compilation and re-analysis of previous work; (b) in-depth investigation of selected woodfuel value chains representing the diversity of the sector, to assess supply-demand dynamics and identify hotspots of pressure on forest resources. This was based on field assessment of prominent value chains and computer modeling of supply and demand; and (c) drawing on these analyses, the study offers strategies and policy options to support the development of a sustainable woodfuels sector in Myanmar.
World Bank. 2020. Myanmar Woodfuels Sector Assessment; Myanmar Woodfuels Sector Assessment. © World Bank, Washington, DC. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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