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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The struggle to ensure QUALITY in QUALITY-testing centers in the Mekong region

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Photo-6As industries in countries in the Mekong region begin to compete in the global stage, they also unfortunately realize that their products – measured by laboratories in their own countries which most often do not comply with international testing standards – do not measure up to recognized global standards. This non-conformation of laboratories with internationally-recognized testing quality standards presents a “technical barrier to trade,” a fact recognized by the World Trade Organization.

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Cambodian Youth and Coffee and talks on Climate Change

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On June 13th, a group of young Cambodians sat wide-eyed listening to a presentation that opened their mind to that phenomenon that EVERYBODY in the world is talking about – climate change.

More than 20 members of Politikoffee, a youth organization that meet up once a week – over coffee (and not alcohol as is common among many Cambodian youth!) – to discuss and debate on pertinent political issues affecting Cambodian society, gathered and diverged for once from their usual politics talks, and talked about the earth’s climate and how its warming is affecting – and could further affect – humanity.

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[NLS Story Series] Cooking up beautiful transformations

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The NLS story series tells of stories of people – their past, their struggles, and most of all, their successes and hopes – in rural Cambodia and how their beautiful journey is in part defined by their having crossed paths with the New Lao Stove.

The stories of Ouk Chan and Sok Un Thy, NLS users.

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Three GERES project staff members weigh in on the Sustainable Forest Management project

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SFM-11The Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Project by the United Nations Development Programme, Global Environment Facility, and Cambodia’s Forestry Administration supports the National Forest Programme’s goal to cover 2 million hectares in Cambodia with decentralized forest management. Aiming to strengthen community-based SFM in Community Forests (CFs) and Community Protected Areas (CPAs), the SFM project – among others – develops capacity of local communities to manage the CFs and CPAs in accordance to the management plans, and supports business development and profitable enterprise development in CFs and CPAs to generate employment and income for local communities, in select project areas around the Cardamom mountains in the provinces of Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Speu, Battambang and Pursat.

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Towards an independent and stronger improved-cookstove industry association

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The Improved Cookstove Producers and Distributors Association of Cambodia (ICoProDAC) is a 316-member industry association established by GERES in 2003.

Sun swears that her life has changed since joining the Improved Cookstove Producers and Distributors Association of Cambodia (ICoProDAC) in 2004, just a year after the business association was established. Traditionally a farmer, Sun joined the improved cookstove business as a Neang Kongrey stove (NKS) producer, and has been producing some 500 to 600 stoves since to cater to a high demand among the rural population.

She gives credit to GERES’ business development assistance and efforts to market and promote improved cookstoves for the initial success of her business, while acknowledging that the quality of the product itself was what has sustained it.

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What’s up with SCALE?

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SCALE-2In Myanmar, the SCALE – Strengthening improved Cookstove Access towards a better quality of Life and Environment – Project is well underway.

The European Union-funded project supports a global SWITCH to sustainable consumption and production by helping put in place a supply chain which is capable of driving wide-scale and sustainable access to fuel-efficient cookstoves among households in Myanmar, and thereby contribute to the country’s economic development, environmental protection efforts, and an overall improved quality of life for members of the population, both women and men.

A year into the project, what are the latest news from Myanmar? StovePlus documents the latest news and development on SCALE.

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GERES Southeast Asia appoints new Regional Director and Cambodia Country Director

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Message_Changes in GSEA Leadership_30042015The GERES team in Southeast Asia wish you all a happy, abundant and meaningful Khmer New Year!

Celebrated in the third week of April in the countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam) around the Mekong, this new year also ushers in a new era of leadership for GERES in Southeast Asia.

Mathieu Ruillet, the outgoing Southeast Asia Rgional Director sends out this message to GERES’ partners in the region.

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