Is urban forestry a solution to the energy crisis of Sahelian cities?

Is urban forestry a solution to the energy crisis of Sahelian cities?
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Cornelia Sepp
The term 'urban forestry' indicates the simple fact that people purposefully plant and maintain trees amid their urban surroundings. However, urban forestry is by no means unique to developing countries; in fact, it is common for most regions of the world. The reasons for planting trees along roads, in public squares and private gardens are many:

* tangible reasons; such as food-production and fuelwood supplies
* intangible reasons; for recreation, to improve the quality of air, and to look attractive.

This article limits its scope to the Sahel region in the northern half of the African continent, so the role of urban forestry in industrialized Western countries has not been considered.
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Title in French
La foresterie urbaine est-elle une solution à la crise de l'énergie dans les pays Sahéliens?
Abstract in French
Dans cet article, l'auteur souligne que l'augmentation des revenus des populations pauvres n'entraîne pas immédiatement une substitution significative en faveur des énergies modernes. La diffusion des technologies utilisant efficacement l'énergie semble être la meilleure option. Il est aussi recommendé l'extension du couvert forestier. L'auteur souligne le manque d'information sur la foresterie urbaine et mentionne comme principale contrainte la rareté des terres destinées à cet effet. Une approche d'ensemble doit être considérée incluant notamment la diffusion des technologies améliorées, la substitution, ainsi que les mesures institutionnelles et politiques.

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