Can homegardens help save forests in Bangladesh? Domestic biomass fuel consumption patterns and implications for forest conservation in south-central Bangladesh

Mukul, Sharif Ahmed, Tito, Mashiur Rahman and Munim, Shifath Ahmed (2014) Can homegardens help save forests in Bangladesh? Domestic biomass fuel consumption patterns and implications for forest conservation in south-central Bangladesh. International Journal of Research on Land-use Sustainability, 1 1: 18-25. doi:10.13140/2.1.3049.1848

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Author Mukul, Sharif Ahmed
Tito, Mashiur Rahman
Munim, Shifath Ahmed
Title Can homegardens help save forests in Bangladesh? Domestic biomass fuel consumption patterns and implications for forest conservation in south-central Bangladesh
Journal name International Journal of Research on Land-use Sustainability
ISSN 2200-5978
Publication date 2014-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.13140/2.1.3049.1848
Open Access Status
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 18
End page 25
Total pages 8
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract We conducted an exploratory survey in south-central Bangladesh to realize the contribution of homegardens to household domestic biomass fuel consumption. Households were placed into categories based on their land holdings. A total of thirty households were interviewed to understand their domestic fuel consumption pattern as well as the role played by homegardens in meeting their biomass fuel requirements. This study suggested that the majority of the households in the area rely extensively on homegardens to meet their domestic fuel requirements. 58% of the households biomass fuel were drawn from homegardens, followed by neighbours (16%), markets (12%) and from public/fallow land (14%). 47 species were identified from the homegardens that were used by the respondents as fuel. Fuelwood was a major type of biomass fuel used by the households, contributing to about 56% of households total biomass fuel consumption, followed by dried leaves (21%), dung cake/sticks (14%), and crop residues (6%). As homegardens were found to provide a valuable alternative source of biomass fuel, it was concluded that a rich homegarden system near forest regions should be supported in order to reduce pressure on the country’s remaining forests. Governments can facilitate this by granting marginal households access to trees in fallow lands, as well as public places including roads, railways and river banks.
Keyword Biomass fuel
Domestic cooking
Homegarden
Forest conservation
Deforestation
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