Journal of Environmental Protection

Volume 7, Issue 10 (September 2016)

ISSN Print: 2152-2197   ISSN Online: 2152-2219

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Household Energy Demand and Its Impact on the Ecological Capital of Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia

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DOI: 10.4236/jep.2016.710112    1,534 Downloads   2,184 Views  Citations

ABSTRACT

Household energy demand is among the prime problems that cause deforestation. The use of fuel wood in the developing countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America is be-lieved to play a key role for the razing of forests and the degradation of associated biodiversity and other land resources. High population growth, increased energy demand, urbanization, infrastructure development, etc. are among the factors that exacerbate the current rate of deforestation in Ethiopia. This growing demand is also posing a threat to the remaining natural capital and associated wildlife of the country’s national parks. NechSar national park, a jewel in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia is not in different to this threat. The issue is calling for an urgent interference in the provision of environment friendly energy sources, afforestation programmes, raising the level of awareness on climate change, etc. This study is therefore, aimed at exploring the level of household energy demand interference on the woody vegetation of NechSar Park and promoting the use of environment friendly and energy saving technologies in the vicinity of the park area and beyond.

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Alemu, M. (2016) Household Energy Demand and Its Impact on the Ecological Capital of Nech Sar National Park, Ethiopia. Journal of Environmental Protection, 7, 1273-1282. doi: 10.4236/jep.2016.710112.

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