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Understand the energy demand behaviours for a sustainable management of the natural resources in Cameroon

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    In order to fall under a prospect for sustainable management of the natural resources in Cameroon, this communication tries, using a 1996 survey carried out from 400 households in the towns of Yaounde, Mbalmayo and Ebolowa, to understand the demand behaviours of the urban households, with respect to the various sources of energy. The work aims to highlight the place of the firewood like source of energy. The results obtained confirm the important place of the firewood in its various forms like source of energy in urban areas and thus indicating a threat on the future of the natural resources, in particular forest, in Cameroon. The income-elasticity analysis showed that, contrary to "modern" fuels that are the oil and the gas which are normal goods, the fuels containing wood (wood, coal, sawdust) are inferior goods which decrease when the income increases. An improvement of incomes in the urban households is a solution to sustainable management or conservation of the natural resources in Cameroon.

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 106th Seminar, October 25-27, 2007, Montpellier, France with number 7927.

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    Date of creation: 2007
    Handle: RePEc:ags:eaa106:7927
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    1. Deaton,Angus & Muellbauer,John, 1980. "Economics and Consumer Behavior," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521296762, May.
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