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Term Charcoal

A solid, lightweight, porous, black, and combustible material, which results from the distillation or incomplete combustion of wood or other vegetable bodies. It has high carbon content (around 80%).

One of the main causes of deforestation in the Dominican Republic, and specifically the dry forests of the country, is the use of wood as coal and firewood for household consumption. The country has experienced a radical decrease in plant energy consumption, from 90% in 1980, to 12% in 2002, attributed largely to government policies such as a subsidy on liquefied petroleum gas. However, in rural areas, firewood and charcoal remain the fuels of choice, and their demand may be to blame for the increase in coal production, which has taken place since 2006.1, 2, 3

The values ??presented in Table C-1 show an increase in charcoal production between 2006 and 2008.

1Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales; UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo); PNUMA (Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente). Informe GEO República Dominicana 2010: Estado y Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente; PNUMA: Santo Domingo, DO, 2010, p.21.

2Díaz, R. Diagnostico del sector forestal en la RD; Cámara forestal Dominicana y GTZ, 2003, p 57.

3Beard, R.D.; Hernández, A. Estudio del Sector Forestal de la República Dominicana; Iniciativa PUEMBO II; Análisis participativo de los programas forestales nacionales en los países de América Latina y formulación de recomendaciones a niveles nacional, regional e Internacional: Santo Domingo, DO, 2006.


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LinkThe values presented in Table C-1 show an increase in charcoal production between 2000 and 2008.
Topic  Forest resources