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Friday, 02 September 2011

Rising biomass demand could drive land grabs: Report

Rising global demand for cleaner energy from biomass could drive more land acquisition in poorer nations where food security and land rights are weak, according to an International Institute for Environment and Development report released on 30 August.

"If left unchecked, the growing pressure on land access could undermine livelihoods and food security in some of the world's poorest countries," the London-based non-profit research group said, calling for more public scrutiny of global biomass expansion plans.

Biomass energy makes up 77% of world renewable energy, and trees and woody plants account for 87% of that biomass, said the report.

Source: Euractiv