Assessing Social Impacts of Bioenergy Projects

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Author(s)Tiwari S, Harrison JA, Von Maltitz G
Editor(s)Amezaga, JM; Von Maltitz, G; Boyes, SL
Publication type Book Chapter
Book TitleAssessing the Sustainability of Bioenergy Projects in Developing Countries: A Framework for Policy Evaluation
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Fulfilling the promise of sustainable development has become a major concern for proponents of modern bioenergy initiatives. The increased global demand for bioenergy products provides many opportunities for socio-economic benefits and rural development in developing countries; however there are also numerous tradeoffs and potential negative impacts that must be taken into account as the level of production increases. There is therefore a clear need to understand both positive and negative impacts from a developing country perspective. This book introduces a selection of suitable approaches that can be used to assess individual aspects of bioenergy production, based on up to date nowledge, thorough assessment and worked out examples from developing countries. It is aimed at the regional or national policy level rather than at the scale of individual projects although many of the principles are applicable at local level as well. Indeed, it is a central concept in the proposed framework hat the assessment of sustainability has to start at the early stages of policy design and cannot be left to individual projects.
PublisherUniversity of Newcastle upon Tyne
Place PublishedNewcastle upon Tyne
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