by 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.
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.
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.