[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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ICS movement catching fire

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2by Yohanes Iwan Baskoro, Lead Technical Advisor, StovePlus

A question was posed to me recently: More than 50 years after the notion that had put improved cookstove (ICS) as part of the solution to the global fuel, environment and health problems began to gain global recognition, why are we now still talking about promoting worldwide adoption of the ICS?

Coincidentally coming in the wake of a recently concluded first ever Cookstoves Future Summit hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in New York City, the question is loaded with implications and goes right to the heart of the challenges that confront ICS project developers all over the world.

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Moving on and forward @10 : The Improved Cookstove Producers and Distributors Association of Cambodia (ICOPRODAC) celebrates 10th founding anniversary

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The ICOPRODAC – the industry association linking stove producers and distributors, which was organized by GERES – celebrates its 10th founding anniversary

This formal network of 113 improved cookstove producers and 198 distributors is the biggest – in fact the only – there is in Cambodia. From production facilities in Kampong Chhnang province, the New Lao Stove and Neang Kongrey Stove – now widely-recognized brands of stoves each with a unique Quality Control number etched on the stove’s mouth, and the distinctive ICOPRODAC “QC passed” label – traveled on ox- and moto-driven carts along this network and across the length and breadth of the country and into the homes of more than 1.3 million Cambodians. Since its inception in 2003, ICOPRODAC has produced and sold a total of 3.5 million units of improved cookstoves.

Now 10 years after they were founded, they celebrate their survival and accomplishments, but more importantly, they gather together to articulate a new vision and chart a new path for the organization’s continued relevance and growth in the years to come.

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Climate finance for Cambodian sustainable development

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More than fifty people working in international development joined together for a roundtable discussion on climate finance for Cambodian development on 25th November 2014 in Phnom Penh

On 25th November 2014, over 50 development workers joined together in Phnom Penh, and talked about climate finance-related issues such as access to climate finance, the role of climate finance in charting a sustainable development path for Cambodia, and more importantly, how government, the donor community, project implementers and NGOs can all work together to optimize global climate change support for Cambodia.

Our sincerest thanks goes out to the members of the panel whose expertise and experience on the subject provided some real valuable insights. GERES – and we are certain – the rest of the panel would not hesitate to share further insights, in the spirit of working together for a common goal in development.

Please find below the discussion’s summary and highlights.

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Cambodia energy sector

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By Thomas Chaumont, Romain Joya and Silvia Pergetti August, 2013; updated by Neeraj Joshi February, 2014; updated by Silvia Pergetti October, 2014

Access to eneenergyrgy, as an inherent factor of growth, is intertwined with development. Scaling up the availability of affordable and efficient energy services is key to attain Cambodia’s development targets.

In 2012, Cambodia energy consumption amounted at 4.7 Mtoe, mainly attributed to the residential sector: domestic cooking represents 34% of the final energy demand, and household-scale businesses might account for another relevant portion of it. As of now, the industrial and transport sectors represent minor energy consumers, but they are both projected to grow exponentially in the coming years.

In order to meet the demand of Cambodian users, in 2012 Cambodia imported or extracted 5.5 Mtoe of primary energy sources. In particular, the strong need for biomass puts pressure on natural and forest resources.

Cambodia’s total energy consumption is projected to grow in the next decades. Current policies at national and international level aim at addressing energy poverty and creating preconditions for growth. In particular, hopes of policy-makers are set on hydropower. Given its importance, biomass energy remains at the core of policy-making efforts in Cambodia.

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