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Charcoal that has been made from Miombo species
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Charcoal that has been made from Miombo species

May 11, 2010
Charcoal that has been made from Miombo species being sold along a main road in Manica, Mozambique. This is a common sight in much of the region, especially along roads leading to urban areas. Firewood in the background is also sold and the smallsized nature of the wood indicates the dwindling woodland resource, as smaller trees are cut to satisfy the demand.

Woodlands are a major biome in southern Africa and a key source of timber, firewood, non-wood products, wildlife and watershed protection. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has facilitated development of a science agenda on ecology and land use here, as well as development of collaborations between the United States and southern African countries. At a workshop held in the summer of 2001, participants focused on an interdisciplinary study of processes, interactions and impacts of environmental changes on livelihoods, especially for the greater Zambezi and Limpopo River Basins within the southern African region.