Biomass energy: Another driver of land acquisitions?

IIED Briefing
, 4 pages
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Published: August 2011
IIED Briefing Papers
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Rapid expansion of biomass energy in the global North is fuelling demand for wood and increasing interest in tree plantations in the global South. But if biomass is sourced from food-insecure countries where local land rights are weak, there is a real risk that people could lose the land they depend on for their livelihoods. This briefing discusses the potential social impacts of biomass plantations in developing countries and calls for greater public scrutiny and debate about the issue.

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Cotula, L., Finnegan, L. and Macqueen, D. (2011). Biomass energy: Another driver of land acquisitions?. IIED, London.
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