November 30, 2017

Thank Goodness for Stoves


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.  

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