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.
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
As industries in countries in the Mekong region begin to compete in the global stage, they also unfortunately realize that their products – measured by laboratories in their own countries which most often do not comply with international testing standards – do not measure up to recognized global standards. This non-conformation of laboratories with internationally-recognized testing quality standards presents a “technical barrier to trade,” a fact recognized by the World Trade Organization.
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.
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.
As 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).