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Bioenergy development does not happen in a vacuum and therefore must be consistent with a country’s overall poli-cies and strategies. In the initial phase of national strategy development, due consideration should therefore be given to assess how bioenergy fits into existing overall develop-ment strategies, including strategies for poverty reduction, economic development, and conservation. The strategy should also align with sectoral policies and strategies in energy, agriculture, forest management, natural resources, industry and technology, rural development and the social sector.

Drivers

The drivers for the development of bioenergy strategies can be divided into two separate categories: (1) national objectives, and (2) external drivers.

National objectives for a bioenergy programme or project can be diverse and depend much on the national context. They might include:

Improving access to energy services (particularly in rural areas)

Increasing energy security and reducing the depend-ency on oil imports

Reducing GHG emissions and accessing carbon markets

Revitalizing agriculture and rural economies

Improving trade balances through exports

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