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International trade undermines small-scale benefits [#110]
* The local production and consumption of biomass plays an important role in sustainable livelihood strategies of, in particular, rural women in developing countries. Certain small-scale and strictly regulated sustainable forms of biofuel production can be beneficial at the national level. However, the modalities of biomass consumption and production must be carefully analyzed in conjunction with communities, to introduce adaptive measures that will maintain and enhance the patterns of sustainability, while avoiding negative impacts on health and the adverse effects inherent to increases in demand or changes in socioeconomic settings. Solar energy often offers a sustainable alternative to traditional biomass.
Meanwhile, international trade in biofuels is already causing a negative impact on food sovereignty, rural livelihoods, forests and other ecosystems, and these negative impacts are expected to accumulate rapidly.*

Please note that the conclusions and recommendations marked with * are taken from the joint civil society statement "Biofuels, a Disaster in the Making", which has been supported by 97 organizations and 15 individuals from all regions, and the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. Please see for the full text.
posted on 2007-03-09 15:39 UTC by Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition

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