History: Research & Development Directorate started work from 1st February 2002 and established an independent office at Peshawar. The Sericulture wing of Forest Department was also afterward merged with it. Later on, the Sericulture wing was converted as full fledge NTFP Directorate during 2007.
ACTIVITIES UNDER BTTAP
Title of the Study
Fuelwood Per Capita as well as Total Household Consumption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Research and Development Directorate was assigned to conduct a comprehensive survey regarding “Fuelwood Per Capita as well as Total Household Consumption in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” with the financial allocation of Rs. 0.5 million from the Billion Trees Tsunami Afforestation Project. The Directorate carried out the survey during the period of six (06) months i.e., from January 2015 to June 2015 throughout the Province encompassing both the winter as well as summer seasons in practical means. The major limitation in the study was time period followed by resources. The study is highly prestigious in nature and will be helpful to the planners and policy makers for future developmental programs because it is the only survey of its kind in the Province conducted with complete devotion and professionalism.
Objectives of the Study
The primary objective of this study was to assess and analyze fuelwood consumption per capita in addition to total household consumption in the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Under this specified objective, the terms of reference identified the following:
Conclusions of the Study
The study is concluded with the following broad findings:
The meager vegetation cover with continuous fuelwood harvesting makes the situation very grave and therefore, needs immediate attention for rectifying measures. As in the past two decades either due to the non-availability or unaffordability of the alternate energy sources, the demand of fuelwood as energy source has increased manifold causing the depletion of the meager forest resource. The situation has enhanced the miseries of the people who are already suffering from fuelwood shortages. It is a matter of great concern that everyone is suffering but no one feels it.
To overcome the situation the following rectifying measures are recommended for paying greater attention and immediate actions:
If these recommendations were acted upon, it will prove to be vital to rid the fuelwood crisis and will also cater the energy needs fully without continuous degradation of the existing vegetation/forests.