Firewood and charcoal stalls are now common in urban areas and along highways leading to urban areas. This is emanating from increased demand for fuel wood in response to massive power cuts and new suburbs which are not connected to the electricity grid. Research has shown over 25% of urban households use firewood as the main source of energy for cooking while 80% use it as a substitute to electricity due to increased load shedding and high electricity costs.
Consequently, the demand for wood energy in urban areas has caused serious deforestation in urban areas, peri-urban areas and now even areas seemingly distant from the cities where trees are still considered to be infinitely in abundance. The adverse impacts of this, are already clear but will increase if the trend remains.
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