The IMEPS, a new productive stove designed for small-scale food processing enterprises in rural areas

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IMEPS is an energy-efficient multi-fuel productive stove which enables up to 30% of fuelwood savings.

During the dry season, approximately 8,000 Cambodian farmers and their families rely on additional income-generating activities such as small-scale food processing (palm sugar, noodle, rice wine production), using inefficient productive stoves combined with non-renewable biomass sourcing. Beyond the environmental impact of these unsustainable practices, more and more farmers have to drop these off-season income-generating activities because of the scarcity of firewood and its rising price.

To face these social and environmental challenges, GERES developed the Improved Multi-Energy Productive Stove (IMEPS) Continue reading

Promoting the dissemination of Improved Cookstoves in Kampong Cham and Thbong Khmum provinces

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A cooking lesson to promote the improved cookstove efficiency compared to a traditional cookstove (22% less of wood consumption).

From December 2014 to December 2016, GERES conducted an AusAID-funded project aiming to introduce and promote Improved Cookstoves in Kampong Cham and Thbong Khmum provinces. The project supported the dissemination of 90,000 ICS in both regions and allowed to gather critical lessons learned for further dissemination of improved cookstoves in Cambodia.

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Using participatory role-playing tools to model the climate vulnerabilities of local farmers and develop climate-resilient agriculture solutions.

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Farmers from Bampong Pchoek village modelling their current agricultural system using the tool developed by GERES.

GERES is currently providing technical support on climate-resilient agriculture to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) in order to increase resilience to climate change for farmers in rural Cambodia. During this 3 year project, funded by the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA), GERES team will work with farmers from 35 villages in Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Cham, and Kandal province. Continue reading

First training of improved cookstoves producers brings hope to Myanmar’s forests

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training-cookstove-myanmar-blog-3GERES in Myanmar has completed the first training of cookstoves producers, under the SCALE Project, funded through the SWITCH Asia Programme of the European Union. During the ten days of intense practical apprenticeship, ten men and six women were introduced to the importance of standardization of production and technical quality control. Continue reading

Assisted Natural Regeneration in Cambodia

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Most of the community forests of Cambodia are very degraded which strongly limits the potential of income generating activities for the communities to sustainably manage their forest resources.

In collaboration with Bagong Pagasa Foundation from the Philippines, GERES is promoting Assisted Natural Regeneration to the members of the community forests supported by its projects. Last September, the members of the community forestry sites of Bong Kong Kmom and Cheu Teal as well as the provincial staffs from the Forestry Administration of Pursat were trained to Assisted Natural Regeneration techniques on the field.

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FloWood: a study of biomass energy demand patterns in Cambodia

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FloWoodIt is quite lamentable that the biggest contributor – biomass – to Cambodia’s total energy mix is also one that gets probably the least attention among researchers and government alike.

Biomass energy makes up 70 percent of Cambodia’s energy consumption, more than 90 percent of which – according to FloWood: A Study of Biomass Energy Demand Patterns in Cambodia undertaken by GERES from the middle of 2013 till end-2014 – is supplied by woodfuel (firewood and charcoal), representing 4.3 million tons (or 2 million ton oil equivalent) of Cambodia’s primary wood consumption annually.

 

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