Monthly Archives: May 2015

[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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