Registered with the support from GERES in 2004, the first Cambodian business association in the Improved Cookstove (ICS) sector, recently renamed CESPA (Cambodian Efficient Stove Promotion Association), has been striving for the past decade to structure and develop the ICS market in Cambodia by gathering producers and distributors (300 members to date) and defending their interests with one single voice. After 13 years of technical and financial support from GERES thanks to Carbon Finance, time has come for CESPA to become fully independent and reach its long-term sustainability.
In early March, GERES Myanmar attended the Dry Zone Green Village Award Ceremony organized by the Dry Zone Greening Department (DZGD) in Magway Region. It was the occasion to strengthen GERES’ relationship with DZGD and to start the promotion of the A1 Improved Cookstove (ICS) produced in the region. DZGD is a department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation dedicated to the development of greening solutions and the prevention of deforestation in the Dry Zone.
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
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.
The objective of this project was to address the prevailing barriers to ICS dissemination in Cambodia, notably among the poorest. Continue reading
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
GERES 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