A part of a consortium led by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and funded by the Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation research programme (NERC/ESRC/DFID), we are embarking upon a piece of work aimed at poverty alleviation through sustainable use of biomass energy. The overarching objective of this work is to develop a world class interdisciplinary North-South-South research partnership and strategy that reshapes the impact of a predicted large-scale expansion in global biomass energy use on poverty and ecosystem services in developing countries. The consortium also includes Practical Action, Rothamstead Research, the University of East Anglia (UEA), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), and Bioclimate Research and Development. Research, chosen on account of current energy-forest pressure, will be focused in India, Kenya and Malawi.

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