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Factors influencing households' firewood consumption in the Western Pamirs, Tajikistan

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Mislimshoeva, Bunafsha ; Hable, Robert ; Fezakov, Manuchehr ; Samimi, Cyrus ; Abdulnazarov, Abdulnazar ; Koellner, Thomas:
Factors influencing households' firewood consumption in the Western Pamirs, Tajikistan.
In: Mountain Research and Development. Vol. 34 (2014) Issue 2 . - pp. 147-156.
ISSN 1994-7151
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-13-00113.1

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Firewood is a major energy source, especially in many high mountainous regions in developing countries where other energy sources are limited. In the mountainous regions of Tajikistan, current energy consumption is limited owing to geographic isolation and numerous challenges-including in the energy sector-that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Tajikistan's independence. The sudden disruption of external supplies of energy forced people to rely on locally available but scarce biomass resources, such as firewood and animal dung. We conducted an empirical study to gain an understanding of current household energy consumption in the Western Pamirs of Tajikistan and the factors that influence firewood consumption. For this purpose, we interviewed members of 170 households in 8 villages. We found that, on average, households consumed 355 kg of firewood, 253 kWh of electricity, 760 kg of dung, and 6 kg of coal per month in the winter of 2011-2012. Elevation, size of a household's private garden, and total hours of heating had a positive relationship with firewood consumption, and education level and access to a reliable supply of electricity showed a negative relationship.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER124692
Keywords: Asia; Tajikistan; Pamir; mountains; mountain ecosystems; energy; firewood; common pool resources
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Ecological Services > Professorship Ecological Services - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Köllner
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Climatology > Professorship Climatology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Cyrus Samimi
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Profile Fields > Advanced Fields
Profile Fields > Advanced Fields > Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2014 13:28
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 08:44
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/4415