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Forced migration, environmental change and woodfuel issues in the Senegal River Valley

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Contributors: Richard Black, Mohamed F. Sessay

This journal article examines the environmental impacts of refugee migration to the middle valley of the Senegal River and compares fuelwood use by refugees and local residents. The study draws upon household surveys and direct measurement of fuelwood use to test the hypothesis that refugees are exceptional resource degraders because of their poverty, and because they do not have a stake in the long-term sustainability of forest use. The author found little or no evidence to support the expectation that refugees use more fuelwood than local residents or that they were more destructive in their collection or use of wood. This suggests that policy measures developed to reduce what was perceived as excess demand by refugees, notably through the introduction of fuel-efficient stoves, were unlikely to be successful.

Author(s): Richard Black , Mohamed F. Sessay

Publication Date: 1997

Location: Senegal

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