Submitted by: Rural Development Project
Implemented country: Pakistan
Title: Fuel Efficient Stove Project
Along with their children, women in Haripur (one of he five districts in Hazara, Pakistan) collect wood from distant mountainous areas for fuel purposes. This practice has existed for centuries with no control or regulatory mechanism, thereby decreasing the forest at an unprecedented rate. According to provincial forest resource inventory, the deforestation rate in this region is more than ten percent, which, if not controlled, will render the province without any forest by 2025. The Fuel Efficient Stove Project was introduced to reduce deforestation and create awareness among the rural communities for the conservation of precious natural resources and for environmental protection. Furthermore, they invented fuel efficient stoves (FES) that generate heat in a smaller area and are well insulated by a mud and brick enclave, resulting in less fuel wood needed to generate the same amount of heat as in an open fire. The reduced amount of smoke resulting from FES compared to open fire cooking reduces the amount of harmful gas emissions contributing to the greenhouse effect. Moreover, the FES project offers special workshops for women to introduce this fuel-efficient technology.