Energy and land use in the Pamir-Alai Mountains

Förster, H., Pachova, N. I. and Renaud, F. G. (2011) Energy and land use in the Pamir-Alai Mountains. Mountain Research and Development, 31(4), pp. 305-314. (doi: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-11-00041.1)

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Abstract

In a comparative study of energy resources and energy consumption patterns in the Pamir-Alai Mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the relations between energy consumption, land use, and livelihoods were investigated. An approach that presents energy flow through an ecosystem was developed, in particular to highlight ecosystem services and the scope of action for human interventions in the energy-land management nexus. Qualitative data were collected during a field study in October 2009 through household interviews and group discussions. Based on the relationship between energy supply and ecosystem services, typical village profiles depicting the flows of energy and financial assets are presented that illustrate the relation between energy resources, land use, and livelihood assets. The household interviews reflect situations in the different villages and allow a distinction to be made between the energy consumption patterns of poor and wealthier families. This case study in the Pamir-Alai Mountains emphasizes that a reappraisal of energy as a central focus within mountain ecosystems and their services to the population is necessary for both ecosystem preservation and poverty reduction.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Renaud, Professor Fabrice
Authors: Förster, H., Pachova, N. I., and Renaud, F. G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Mountain Research and Development
Publisher:International Mountain Society
ISSN:0276-4741
ISSN (Online):1994-7151
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 The Authors
First Published:First published in Mountain Research and Development 31(4):305-314
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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