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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 2 Rapid appraisal for fuelwood planning in Nepal

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 2 Rapid appraisal for fuelwood planning in Nepal John Soussan and Els Gevers Introduction · Successful fuelwood interventions will frequently be indirect and small-scale. Collecting information for planning complex Packages of appropriate initiatives which problems such as fuelwood in rural areas is are tailored to local opportunities and difficult. These problems are highly variable, incorporate local knowledge and priorities express themselves indirectly and are locality- must be developed. specific. Their investigation requires sensitivity to local situations across a variety These initial assumptions formed the basis of a of fields. Fuelwood problems are about far rapid appraisal of Dhanusha District in more than just energy: land use and tenure, southern Nepal. The appraisal aimed to forestry, environmental stress and farming identify the form fuelwood problems take and systems must al be looked at if these problems local initiatives and resource opportunities on are to be understood and effective solutions which sustainable interventions could be built. developed. And yet people involved directly in An initial appraisal of the district showed that planning never have the luxury of time to three types of locality needed to be assessed. assess the situation, and should be reluctant to These ...

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