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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Burundi 2017
In 4 villages in Burundi the Global Nature Fund planted tree seedlings with the local partner organization Biraturaba. They also built improved fireplaces.
Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Almost the entire energy supply comes from wood and coal. This leads to progressive deforestation. Also more than 2/3 of the population live below the poverty limit and 1/3 of the family income is needed for firewood. Another problem is the high number of returning war refugees.
The solution is to improve the immediate situation of the people, especially the supply of households of returned war refugees. In 4 villages they planted about 60,000 tree seedlings on private properties. To reduce the consumption of firewood they also built 1,000 clay ovens. To make all this work education of the people in the villages in planting seedlings and manufacturing of the ovens is important.
The innovative technology of clay ovens needs very little efforts for a long-term resource conservation. Therefore the life situation and the direct and long-term income improves. The planted trees bring also a further value in the long run. People get an education and work (planting seedlings and manufacturing of clay ovens) and as a result, a life improvement.
In one of the most densely populated countries in the world progressive deforestation is a big problem. Also the costs for firewood are very high for the poor population. This year's national winner of the Energy Globe Award in Burundi built clay ovens and planted tree seedlings. With this oven families can safe valuable money and they produce less harmful smoke. So the pressure on the remaining forests of Burundi is reduced and less CO2 emitted. Congratulations on your initiative!