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The Influence of Socioeconomic Status and Fuelwood Access on Domestic Fuelwood Use in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest


In the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, rural households use wood from the endangered Atlantic Forest as a source of domestic energy. Reasons for household fuel choices were explored in four small rural communities in rural Minas Gerais using a survey of 48 households and semi-structured interviews. Socioeconomic status and the interaction between status and access to fuelwood explained significant percentages of the variance in collection effort, our indirect measure of fuelwood use by households. Access to fuelwood is best explained by the circumstances of a household, which we generalize into typologies that may inform future studies in fuelwood use.