In early March, GERES Myanmar attended the Dry Zone Green Village Award Ceremony organized by the Dry Zone Greening Department (DZGD) in Magway Region. It was the occasion to strengthen GERES’ relationship with DZGD and to start the promotion of the A1 Improved Cookstove (ICS) produced in the region. DZGD is a department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation dedicated to the development of greening solutions and the prevention of deforestation in the Dry Zone.
Since 2014, GERES has been implementing the “Strengthening improved Cookstove Access towards a better quality of Life and Environment (SCALE)” project. The project aims to support the large scale dissemination of standardized locally-manufactured ICS, such as the A1 model allowing up to 50% fuel savings compared to the traditional 3-stones cookstove. After having trained local entrepreneurs to produce this model, GERES is now working on stimulating the demand through awareness raising and promotion activities on the economic and environmental benefits of clean cooking solutions. GERES is also working with the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry and DZGD to boost policy discussions on the importance of biomass energy and household air pollution in Myanmar.
The exhibition organized by DZGD took place in Pakokku and celebrated Dry Zone villages making efforts to reduce their biomass consumption. It was also the occasion to present energy saving solutions available in Myanmar.
During a public speech, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation affirmed his willingness to reduce fuel usage in the region and encouraged the production and distribution of ICS. Indeed, 94% of people living in the rural areas of the Dry Zone region are using firewood for cooking and boiling water. Reducing biomass consumption through ICS is one of the widely recognized measures to tackle the forest degradation issue in the country.
During the exhibition, our promotion agent Kyaw Htin Zaw had the opportunity to present the A1 stove model to other participants such as government institutions, cookstoves producers and village representatives. He noticed a real interest for A1 stove and the necessity to work on the distribution and accessibility of the product in remote areas. Representatives of the village who won the Dry Zone Green Village award also expressed interest in this A1 improved model. GERES team gave them 3 cookstoves for testing and agreed to visit the village in the coming months for promotion activities.
Kyaw Htin Zaw also had the opportunity to discuss with the Deputy Director of DZGD, U Kyaw Moe Aung, about collaboration pathways between the two organizations on the promotion of the A1 stove in the region.
Our participation to the Dry Zone Green Village Award Ceremony was the first step of a more global marketing campaign to disseminate the A1 stove model. The newly recruited marketing team is looking forward to boosting promotion actions in the coming months.
Since 2014, GERES is implementing the “Strengthening improved Cookstove Access towards a better quality of Life and Environment (SCALE)” project, funded through the SWITCH Asia Programme of the European Union, AFD French Agency for Development and Foundation, RAJA – Danièle Marcovici, Foundation Lord Michelham of Hellingly and Prince Albert II Foundation.