PACJA and Climate pal led stakeholders in a workshop to share views on the project design, social and environmental impacts of an energy-efficient cook-stove project called Hifadhi – Livelihoods Cook-Stove and tree planting Project, which was developed under Gold standards and is being implemented by Climate Pal, in partnership with the Livelihoods Fund. The project is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions; mitigating climate change and deforestation. Improved Hifadhi cook stoves and tree seedlings will be provided to 60,000 local households in different sub counties in Tharaka Nithi.
This workshop which was held on Tuesday, 15 January 2019 in Tharaka Nithi county is one among the many successes from the joint project: Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation currently being implemented in Tharaka Nithi by Trocaire, PACJA and CARITAS of the catholic Diocese of Meru. The stake holders shared views and comments on the project design, social and environmental impacts to assist in the successful implementation of the project.
Benefits of the Hifadhi Cook Stove
The Hifadhi Cook Stove uses approximately 60% less fuel compared to the traditional three-stone stoves. Since less wood will be needed, less trees will be cut thereby saving time and money on wood collection. This will in turn provide more efficient and healthier cooking methods, reduce smoke emissions and protect the forests. Women and youth will be empowered to constructively use their saved time on other constructive activities. Training will be done to enlighten the communities on tree planting, forest conservation, climate change and environmental conservation.
Benefits of Tree planting
The project also encourages families to create woodlots or food forests through the distribution of a minimum of 3 seedlings per house hold. This is aimed at creating sufficient wood-fuel to fulfil household needs, provide alternative sources of income and conserve the nearby forests and river lines.
Within the month of Jan 2019, similar workshops will be replicated at all sub counties to create more awareness. The project will be monitored and evaluated annually in order to assess the user satisfaction and the environmental friendliness of the stove.