The Sawa Cookstoves project is a sustainability initiative developed by DGB to address the issue of deforestation and carbon emissions in Cameroon's central region. The project aims to reduce deforestation by providing 150,000 efficient, locally-manufactured cookstoves to the region's population, which is one of Cameroon’s most densely populated regions.
The project aims to improve the livelihoods of local communities by reducing the negative health impacts associated with cooking with wood or charcoal, disproportionately affecting women and children. Additionally, the project supports reforestation efforts and improves overall sustainability in the region. The purpose of the project is to encourage the use of more sustainable methods for heating and cooking, thus reducing the amount of firewood needed and decreasing the negative health impacts associated with traditional cooking methods.
With 150,000 efficient cookstoves, we encourage local people to use this efficient way for heating and cooking rather than burning wood.
The efficient cookstoves reduce the need for wood and deforestation, thereby decreasing carbon dioxide and other emissions.
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With a population of +4 million people, the center region is one of Cameroon’s most densely populated provinces. With an increasing population, pressure on natural resources is growing year on year. Deforestation, resulting from over-exploitation of resources, is a growing problem, being driven not only by commercial logging but also by the firewood collection activities of the population.
The Cookstoves project is designed to address the issue of deforestation and carbon emissions. The cookstoves are designed to be highly efficient, significantly reducing the need for firewood and thus decreasing the pressure on natural resources. Additionally, the project supports reforestation efforts. This improves overall sustainability in the region, which will positively impact the environment and the livelihoods of local communities. It also helps preserve biodiversity and protect the ecosystem services the forest provides.
The negative health impacts of cooking with wood or charcoal are felt by millions globally. Household air pollution from these practices results in a premature mortality rate of an estimated four million people annually. The Cookstoves project has a positive impact on local communities by reducing the negative health impacts associated with cooking with wood or charcoal, disproportionately affecting women and children. The efficient cookstoves will decrease the amount of firewood needed, decreasing the negative health impacts of traditional cooking methods.
The project region is Cameroon's central region, a French-speaking region occupying 69,000 km2 of the country’s so-called ‘central plains’. With a population of more than four million, the central region is one of Cameroon’s most densely populated provinces. The region is facing a growing problem of deforestation, driven by the over-exploitation of natural resources. It is causing negative impacts on the environment and the health and livelihoods of the local population.
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