Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mopane for firewood

Mopane seeds from Botswana Tourism's Flora and Fauna site

The online magazine, Science in Africa, reports on a master's thesis by Rudzani Makhado at the Dept. of Biodiversity, University of Limpopo, a study of mopane woodland utilisation and management in the savanna biome in the northeastern part of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Makhado found mopane a tree of choice for firewood, collected and traded on a large scale. At village level, Makhado's study showed that the mean amount of wood used per day by a household of 5-8 people for cooking porridge is 7.5 kg or 2.7 tons per year.

The mopane tree, common on the fringes of the Okavango Delta, has been the subject of much study. In HOORC's Library you can find HOORC researcher Dr Donald Kgathi's studies of fuel wood in Botswana.

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