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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[NLS Story Series] Cooking up beautiful transformations

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NLSNEW LAO STOVE Story Series

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 CHEA ROEAN and POL NEANG, road warriors.

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[NLS Story Series] Cooking up beautiful transformations

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NLSNEW LAO STOVE Story Series

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 Story of VON SREY KEO, employee turned entrepreneur.

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[NLS Story Series] Cooking up beautiful transformations

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NLSNEW LAO STOVE Story Series

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 Story of VANN TOLA, the cookstove superstar.

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Charcoal, forest and people: The case of Cambodia

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor six months, members of GERES’ monitoring & evaluation and research team and staff members of Mlup Baitong – a Cambodian NGO working to promote sustainable, equitable and just, rights-based use of natural resources – traced the flow of charcoal, starting from retailers in Phnom Penh all the way back to producer communities more than a hundred kilometers away and, ultimately, to the source of wood in forests on the Cardamom mountains.

Funded by the Global Forest Watch, the study had endeavored to bring the complex reality of charcoal production in Cambodia to light using scientific evidence, and in the process, developed a replicable methodology for local-level studies on the impact of charcoal on forests.

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Conquering Cambodia’s eastern flank with ICS: Kampong Cham to be another production base for improved cookstoves

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PP-KG-KC mapThe idea, back in 2009, was to have production bases flanking the capital Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang on the right and Kampong Cham on the left –  from which improved cookstoves shall emanate and flow into the rest of the provinces, to eventually envelope the whole of Cambodia with woodfuel-saving New Lao and Neang Kongrey stoves. Their geographical position in respect to Phnom Penh is not the only characteristic that makes these two provinces ‘special’ as far as cookstove production is concerned; theirs is also the soil quality that is most suitable to cookstove production, and thus explains the presence as well of pottery- or traditional cookstove-producers in these two provinces.

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(20)14 Highlights + 1 = (A promise-filled) (20)15!

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New Year 2015As the past year is officially drawn to a close and as we enter the new year, GERES in Southeast Asia gives you a rundown of the HIGHLIGHTS OF 2014 and ANTICIPATED EVENTS IN 2015.

Read on and take a trip down the memory lane with us as we recollect what we did the past year towards promoting sustainable B-I-O-M-A-S-S  E-N-E-R-G-Y (in) S.E. A(sia).

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