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Trees, Planks and Sawdust - 20 Nov 2014 
Nigeria is among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. Nigeria lost just over two million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development. 
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November 20, 2014 
A tree lies on the ground as labourers prepare to put it in a truck in an unreserved forest in the village... 
Igbatoro, Nigeria 
A tree lies on the ground as labourers prepare to put it in a truck in an unreserved forest in the village... 
A tree lies on the ground as labourers prepare to put it in a truck in an unreserved forest in the village of Igbatoro, southwest Nigeria August 28, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A tree trunk is carved with markings in an unreserved forest in the town of Igede in Nigeria's southwest... 
Igede, Nigeria 
A tree trunk is carved with markings in an unreserved forest in the town of Igede in Nigeria's southwest... 
A tree trunk is carved with markings in an unreserved forest in the town of Igede in Nigeria's southwest state of Ekiti August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A man cuts down a tree in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 19,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A man cuts down a tree in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A man cuts down a tree in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A labourer's gloves are seen on a log in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A labourer's gloves are seen on a log in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A labourer's gloves are seen on a log in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A labourer supports a log as it is moved into a truck in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A labourer supports a log as it is moved into a truck in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township... 
A labourer supports a log as it is moved into a truck in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
The bonnet of a truck used for transporting logs is opened in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
The bonnet of a truck used for transporting logs is opened in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township... 
The bonnet of a truck used for transporting logs is opened in an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power. Logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Labourers walk near trucks loaded with logs, which are trapped on a muddy road, near an unreserved forest... 
Igbatoro, Nigeria 
Labourers walk near trucks loaded with logs, which are trapped on a muddy road, near an unreserved forest... 
Labourers walk near trucks loaded with logs, which are trapped on a muddy road, near an unreserved forest in the village of Igbatoro, southwest Nigeria, August 28, 2014.Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A labourer drives a truck used for transporting logs from an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A labourer drives a truck used for transporting logs from an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township... 
A labourer drives a truck used for transporting logs from an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Broken automobile parts are scattered in front of a mechanic's workshop, built with wood planks, in the... 
Igede, Nigeria 
Broken automobile parts are scattered in front of a mechanic's workshop in the town of Igede 
Broken automobile parts are scattered in front of a mechanic's workshop, built with wood planks, in the town of Igede in Nigeria's southwest state of Ekiti August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A man makes a call on his mobile phone near the electric point at a sawmill near an unreserved forest... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A man makes a call on his mobile phone near the electric point at a sawmill near an unreserved forest... 
A man makes a call on his mobile phone near the electric point at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TELECOMS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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November 20, 2014 
A worker carries a saw blade at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest... 
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A worker carries a saw blade at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A worker carries a saw blade at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A saw blade cuts through a plank at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A saw blade cuts through a plank at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A saw blade cuts through a plank at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A labourer uses a milling machine at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A labourer uses a milling machine at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A labourer uses a milling machine at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Labourers roll a log into a milling machine at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
Labourers roll a log into a milling machine at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township... 
Labourers roll a log into a milling machine at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A man rests at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August... 
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A man rests at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A man rests at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A woman collects sawdust at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria,... 
Igede-Ekiti, Nigeria 
A woman collects sawdust at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township 
A woman collects sawdust at a sawmill near an unreserved forest in Igede-Ekiti township, southwest Nigeria, August 18, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Children play in front of a mud house near an unreserved forest in the village of Igbatoro, southwest... 
Igbatoro, Nigeria 
Children play in front of a mud house near an unreserved forest in the village of Igbatoro 
Children play in front of a mud house near an unreserved forest in the village of Igbatoro, southwest Nigeria, August 28, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A cocoa farmer and log merchant, Olawole Samson (2nd L), 56, sits with his family as they pose for a... 
Igbatoro, Nigeria 
A cocoa farmer and log merchant, Olawole Samson, sits with his family as they pose for a photograph in... 
A cocoa farmer and log merchant, Olawole Samson (2nd L), 56, sits with his family as they pose for a photograph in their home in the village of Igbatoro, southwest Nigeria, September 1, 2014. Samson is a community school teacher but also has an expansive cocoa farm where available trees are cut down and sold to support his meagre income. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power. Logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A child stands in front of a kitchen built with wood planks near a sawmill in the town of Igede in Nigeria's... 
Igede, Nigeria 
A child stands in front of a kitchen built with wood planks near a sawmill in the town of Igede 
A child stands in front of a kitchen built with wood planks near a sawmill in the town of Igede in Nigeria's southwest state of Ekiti, August 19, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Men work to remove logs from the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24,... 
Lagos, Nigeria 
Men work to remove logs from the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
Men work to remove logs from the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
A thatched house, built as a shelter for labourers, stands on a raft near Okobaba sawmill at the edge... 
Lagos, Nigeria 
A thatched house, built as a shelter for labourers, stands on a raft near Okobaba sawmill at the edge... 
A thatched house, built as a shelter for labourers, stands on a raft near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power. Logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Men stand on a raft near the Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon September 25, 2014. Wood,... 
Lagos, Nigeria 
Men stand on a raft near the Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
Men stand on a raft near the Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon September 25, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS. Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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November 20, 2014 
Rafts float under a bridge near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood,... 
Lagos, Nigeria 
Rafts float under a bridge near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
Rafts float under a bridge near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency.
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A raft of logs floats through the Lagos Lagoon September 25, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole... 
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A raft of logs floats through the Lagos Lagoon 
A raft of logs floats through the Lagos Lagoon September 25, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency.
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A boy loads a canoe with firewood at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood,... 
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A boy loads a canoe with firewood at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
A boy loads a canoe with firewood at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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Men push a log out of the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood,... 
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Men push a log out of the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
Men push a log out of the water near Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency.
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Logs are arranged for milling at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon September 25, 2014.... 
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Logs are arranged for milling at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
Logs are arranged for milling at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon September 25, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency.
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A woman carries a plank on her head at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014.... 
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A woman carries a plank on her head at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos 
A woman carries a plank on her head at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency.
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A labourer works a milling machine at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014.... 
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A labourer works a milling machine at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
A labourer works a milling machine at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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Planks are piled up at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of... 
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Planks are piled up in a shop at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon 
Planks are piled up at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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A shop built from planks, where carpentry hardware is sold, is seen at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of... 
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A shop built from planks, where carpentry hardware is sold, is seen at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of... 
A shop built from planks, where carpentry hardware is sold, is seen at Okobaba sawmill at the edge of the Lagos Lagoon June 24, 2014. Wood, a form of biomass, is the sole source of energy for hundreds of millions of Africans who lack access to modern sources of power, and logging, both legal and illegal, remains a lucrative business that has contributed to the rapid shrinking of Africa?s rainforests and woodlands. Nigeria lost just over 2 million hectares of forest annually between 2005-2010 driven by agricultural expansion, logging and infrastructure development, according to U.N. data. It is also among the biggest users of solid fuel for cooking, with over 120 million Nigerians relying on firewood and charcoal for their cooking needs, according to the International Energy Agency. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye (NIGERIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)

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