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The changes have also led to an obvious improvement in autonomy and morale. Villages with rural markets are no longer passively subject to the depredations of fuelwood traders, and they have acquired a significant degree of independence from the forestry service. Their authority to collect fuelwood taxes on behalf of the government is an important symbol of their new role and status. Social and hierarchical changes within villages have also resulted from the project. The ability to use village funds to repair a well means that the village does not Page 9 have to rely on funding by a wealthy individual in exchange for a degree of control over the water supply.

In today's more cautious and restricted funding climate, it is unlikely it would have been given the go-ahead. 3 million, from the Danish government. Implementation Once the project was under way, the implementing team set about collecting the needed working data. Detailed surveys of the fuelwood supply chain, from the urban consumer back to the source of supply in the rural areas, were begun. Inventories of the natural woodland resources around Niamey and the other major urban areas were carried out.

Page xv Acknowledgments This report describes Phase I of the Government of Niger-World Bank Household Energy Project. The project was designed as a result of a study completed in 1987 by the government of Niger and the Joint UNDP/World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP) and was funded by a 1988 World Bank/IDA credit. The present report presents results to the end of 1995 of the project's efforts to promote sustainable management of Niger's natural woodlands and provide adequate fuelwood supplies to Niger's major cities.

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