Thank Goodness for Stoves
Conflict devastates communities but can sometimes protect rainforest. Twenty years of civil war in the Congo Basin has helped keep the canopy intact but now, with a welcome return to peace, displaced families are returning to their communities.
Inefficient open fires are traditionally used for cooking but create a high demand for fuelwood from the rainforest. Four villages in the DRC’s Maniema Province and Cool Earth trialled six fuel-efficient stoves with one design winning universal approval. With 225 families building these stoves, fuel wood collection has already halved and respiratory illnesses are likely to fall. It’s a simple measure that can be adopted in every Cool Earth partnership from Peru to Papua New Guinea, protecting forest and building better lives.