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As discussed in UN Energy publication “Sustainable Bioenergy: A Framework for Decision-Makers” (UN Energy, 2007) both the nature and the magnitude of the environmental and socio-economic effects of bioenergy production and use in developing countries will depend on a number of biophysical, technological and socio-economic factors. Examples of such factors include the type of biofuel, feedstock and conversion technology considered, the scale of production, the previous uses of the land and the structure of land ownership, and all vary within a given context.

An indicative list of questions has been put together to help decision-makers identify issues that are likely to create the greatest impact in their country or given context, and to assess trade-offs. In addition, cross-reference to tools that can be used to assess and/or address the key issues are flagged for specific themes or questions. The guiding questions should not be seen as a checklist which has to be worked through from top to bottom. Rather the questions provide an indication of key issues to consider, with the aim to ensure that those likely to create the greatest impact in a particular country and context are then assessed in further detail with the help of appropriate tools.

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