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18 Июль 2013

An improved wood stove to combat firewood cutting in Chad


 

 

The environmental resources of the village of Awiya in Chad are deteri-orating by uncontrolled firewood cutting, especially acacia trees, which are a vital source of income for the people of Awiya.

The Awiya area is a prime spot for wood poachers due to its proximity to the capital city of N'Djamena.

Given this situation, the Chadian govern-ment has implemented a law prohibiting anyone but the local community to organ-ize the collection of wood.

To support environmental conservation considering the scarcity of firewood, a group of women in Awiya were provide the technology for improved Eritrean style wood stoves. The new wood stoves have improved cooking properties and use less firewood.

 

Preserving wood resources

Due to the drastic reduction in forest resources in Awiya, Chad, the wood needed by the families is becoming increasingly scarce. Many people walk over 8 km to secure firewood. There was an oppor-tunity to reduce firewood harvesting by initiating use of an improved Eritrean style wood stove that reduces wood consumption by over 50% compared to traditional wood stoves.

The wood stove technology was already proven by SOS SAHEL in other projects and integrated well with the goal of protecting the environment where acacia trees grow.

 

Beneficiaries:

The project directly involved a group of 65 women from Awiya and indirectly effected 2,000 people in the 8 villages in Awiya.

 

Objective:

Train the group how to produce and use the new wood stove in their households to reduce their need for firewood.

Initially, seven women were trained in the production and operation of the new wood stoves. This group then trained the other members of the group.

Sessions were held with the group to explain the benefits of the improved wood stove and to foster adoption. The new wood stove was favorably com-pared to the traditional wood stove.

The group gained awareness on how the reduced use of wood prevents further degradation of forest resources. Trainers were provided by REJFAC (Central African Forest Youth Network).

 

Benefits from using the new wood stoves:

  • Less time is spent collecting firewood.
  • Firewood consumption is reduced by up to 50%.
  • The new wood stove retains heat better than traditional wood stoves.
  • Less time is spent cooking as food cooks faster.
  • The women in the group have more time overall to spend on other household or income generating activities.
  • The new wood stoves, which produce significantly less sparks, have the added benefit of reducing the chance for house fires.

 

Outlook

Given the successful introduction in Awiya, there are plans to expand training to a group in the village of Annour.

This program has supported the implementation of local natural resource management actions. In combination with land management practices to assist the natural re-generation of trees, the new and improved wood stove is having a sustainable impact on the preservation of natural resources, restoration of the environment and prevention of desertification.

 

 

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