Rural Trees Species for Rural Development in Sudan
Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal1,2, Abdel Azim Yassin Abdelgadir2
1Technische Universität Dresden, Inst. of Forest Utilisation and Forest Technology, Germany
The vast majority of Sudan forests are situated in poor rural areas; nevertheless rural populations are not benefiting much from them. Despite the great diversity of tree species in Sudan, the utilisation of wood resources is traditionally concentrated on a few species only. Most of the indigenous hardwood tree species in Sudan are used as charcoal, firewood and fuel wood due to the lack of information on their properties. There is an urgent need to study the wood properties of the local raw material in order to suggest alternative uses. This would not only reduce wood imports, but also promote rural development, alleviate poverty and improve livelihoods of local communities.
Keywords: Fiber characteristics, forests based industries, rural areas, Sudan
Contact Address: Hanadi Mohamed Shawgi Gamal, Technische Universität Dresden, Inst. of Forest Utilisation and Forest Technology, Gerokstrasse32/0703, Dresden, Germany, e-mail: hanadishawgi1979yahoo.com