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Sawa Cookstoves Project, Cameroon

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.


Sawa Cookstoves Project, Cameroon

cameroon Cameroon's Central Region
Project goal
The project aims to reduce deforestation by providing 150,000 efficient, locally manufactured cookstoves to the region's population to encourage the use of more sustainable methods for heating and cooking.
Team members
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Theodore Oben
Project Director Cameroon

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Elvis Obi
Project Director Cameroon

Project Description

The Sawa Cookstoves Project is a sustainability initiative to address deforestation and indoor air pollution in Cameroon's Central Region. The project aims to improve the livelihoods of local communities by providing them with energy-efficient cookstoves that reduce the negative health impacts associated with cooking with wood or charcoal, disproportionately affecting women and children. The project also supports afforestation efforts, restores nature, and improves overall sustainability in the region. 

Project ID
Currently under design.

Impact on local communities

The project has a profound positive impact on local communities. The negative health impacts of cooking with wood or charcoal disproportionately affecting women and children are felt by millions globally. Household air pollution from these practices causing respiratory diseases results in a premature mortality rate of an estimated four million people annually. The efficient cookstoves decrease the amount of firewood needed, decreasing the negative health impacts on families. It also saves time and disposable income for local communities, as they no longer have to spend as much time and resources gathering firewood. The stoves are also locally made, offering many job opportunities and ensuring they suit the local communities’ needs.

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Positive environmental impact

The project is further designed to have a positive impact on the environment and address deforestation. The cookstoves are highly efficient, significantly reducing the need for firewood and thus decreasing the pressure on natural resources and forests. Additionally, the project supports afforestation efforts, improving overall sustainability in the region, preserving biodiversity, and protecting the ecosystem services the forests provide. 

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Project timeline

The carefully planned project boasts a remarkable seven-year lifetime, allowing it to flourish, thrive, and make a lasting impact. With a steadfast commitment to excellence and innovation, it aims to achieve remarkable milestones and create an enduring legacy. 

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The Sawa Cookstoves Project pipeline

  • New projects
  • Feasibility study
  • Project design
  • Project validation
  • Project implementation
  • Periodic verification
  • Project completion

The project's impact

The project's impact reaches far beyond health and economics, bringing about significant social and environmental benefits. The introduction of energy-efficient cookstoves directly influences children's education, diminishing the time spent on cooking and consequently increasing school attendance.  Moreover, the project is a proactive step towards achieving global environmental goals. Through a reduced reliance on firewood and the promotion of sustainable practices, it actively participates in mitigating environmental harm. This initiative not only reduces carbon emissions but also plays a crucial role in constructing resilient communities capable of facing environmental challenges. 

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150,000 cookstoves
2.4M tonnes CO₂
150,000 households positively impacted

Where the project is located

cameroon Cameroon's Central Region

About this region

The project is developed in Cameroon's Central Region, a French-speaking, densely populated region occupying 69,000 square kilometres. With an increasing population, the region faces a growing problem of deforestation, driven by the over-exploitation of natural resources and firewood collection activities, which is causing negative impacts on the environment and the health and livelihoods of the local population.

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What we will achieve with this project


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Find out more in the project booklet

Join us to witness the incredible transformation as we breathe new life into once barren lands. Together, we can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.

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Project investment process

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Assess your environmental footprint

The first step is to measure and understand the impact of your business and commit to environmental responsibility. By doing so, businesses benefit the planet and gain a competitive edge. We prioritise nature restoration, offering businesses a path to a greener future. With our carbon footprint calculator, you can get clarity on your business’ environmental impact.

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Invest in environmental solutions

Once you've measured your impact, the next step is to offset your carbon footprint and develop strategies that leverage nature-based solutions. Carbon offsetting is about investing in positive environmental impact. Our nature-based approach ensures you contribute to tangible, nature-positive outcomes that align with your values and vision, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Report on your nature-positive impact

After you have offset your carbon footprint, you can celebrate being nature positive. You can communicate your positive impact to stakeholders. DGB can help you with your ESG reporting as well as corporate communication strategies. This isn't just about accountability and transparency; it's an opportunity to inspire others and showcase the tangible benefits of investing in nature conservation.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

In the context of international carbon markets and the Paris Agreement, Cameroon currently does not have finalised national legislation corresponding with the internationally established Article 6 framework. Cameroon is formulating its approach and structure for Article 6 and its broader implications, with us, as stakeholders, actively engaging with the government to guide policy development.

How can we help you?

At the core of our mission lies the preservation of nature and the fostering of biodiversity. DGB Group is actively working to restore nature. Join us in creating a greener future through impactful nature-based projects. Reach out to us to learn more about our work.