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betel leaf growers, forest produce collectors, hunters, and fishermen. The other key agents who had an indirect influence on forest degradation and deforestation were brick field owners, timber/ fuelwood merchants, and sawmill and tea stall owners61.

Parameter

Buffer of 5 km

Time required to 18 consume all available fuel months wood from plantations ***

Buffer of 10 km* 31 months

* Buffer of 10 km includes buffer of 5 km. Both buffers exclude camps’ footprint ** Assuming 0.7 kg of dry fuel wood required per person a day, 650,000 people. Assume 50% of required fuel wood collected in the forest. 0.7*650,000*0.5/1000 = 6,825. ** Assuming no fuel wood is coming from outside of the AoI. Assuming zero natural rate of accumulation (forest growth) in the AoI since the pre-2017 influx consumption of fuelwood has already increased the available supply62.

Figure 5-1 Potentially Impacted Areas

Rohingya family extracts last remaining tree stump and roots from the hill slope for fuelwood | Photo: UNDP Bangladesh/Arif Faisal

Table 5-7 Available biomass and fuelwood demand in the AoI Parameter

Buffer of 5 km

Buffer of 10 km*

Total biomass available from natural forest, tons

28,100

74,300

Total biomass available from plantations, tons

124,100

211,600

Biomass required for 650,000 people, tons/ month**

6,825

6,825

Time required to 4 months consume all available fuel wood from natural forest ***

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Tani M, Rahman MA. 2018. Deforestation in the Teknaf Peninsula of Bangladesh: A Study of Political Ecology. Springer, Singapore.

IOM & FAO (2017). Assessment of fuel wood supply and demand in displacement settings and surrounding areas in Cox’s Bazaar District, Dhaka, Bangladesh (to be published).

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Report on ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ROHINGYA INFLUX  

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