Clean cookstoves and reforestation, West Africa

Efficient cookstoves for the poor rural population to avoid deforestation of local mangroves to be used as fuel on three-stone fires.

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Clean cookstoves and reforestation, West Africa

The project area houses a huge mangrove forest, which was, unfortunately, partially cleared by illegal logging.

The primary reason for why the trees are felled is that the impoverished locals use the wood to cook and boil their water. They do this over open fires, which use both a lot of wood and produce smoke. This has particularly major consequences for the women's health, who do most of the cooking and boiling.

Supporting the local population

The project aims to produce and distribute climate-friendly, and efficient stoves to the local population - which they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.

These stoves use far less fuel and are much more efficient at heating. The average family in the area uses about 5 tons of wood for cooking each year, so there really is a lot of energy to be conserved here.

In addition to the obvious climate effect, the project also benefits women in particular. Many women in the area spend several hours a day gathering firewood and then stand for hours cooking in the smoky open fires. This leads to a number of diseases such as pneumonia, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, low birth weight and many more awful diseases.

With this project, they get access to stoves that burn much cleaner and thereby avoid the vast majority of side effects from inhaling raw smoke.

In addition to distributing the stoves, the goal is also to create dedicated fuel forests from which the locals can get fuel, so that they do not have to cut down the endangered mangrove forest. In addition, those who previously made their living by selling the mangrove forest firewood, will also get help with education and alternative jobs.

This part of the project aims to prevent further deforestation of the already endangered forest.

In addition, the deforested mangroves will also be replanted to restore the vegetation and let it prosper once more.

Mangrove forests in particular are incredibly important for both the climate and the local ecosystems. The mangrove forests absorb quite a bit more CO2 than conventional forests, as they protect the coastal areas from flooding and act as a habitat for some of the earth's richest animal- and plant life.

That is why we have chosen to make an effort in this important but fragile area.

The project is completely new and your support is extremely crucial for the success of the project.

The reason why we have chosen to start our own project is so that we can cut out expensive intermediaries. Climate credits have skyrocketed in price over the past few years, as the confidence in their effect has gotten more and more ingrained in society. But it also means that you, the members, would have been getting less climate impact for the money you contributed than before. We thought that was a crying shame.

Therefore, we have now entered into a direct collaboration with a local NGO and will also be present "on-the-ground" to run the project and make sure that everything goes as it should.

Moreover, it now allows us to design the project exactly the way we want it, instead of compromising and simply screening other people's projects to find what we thought met our criteria and requirements.

Receipts

Please notice that some of our receipts has our old name "RenSti" as the buyer.
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Our job at Climaider is to select the best projects that are verified by the most strict industry standards (e.g. Gold Standard and Verified Carbon Standard) and our own internal criteria.

By gathering our member’s money, we are able to buy big bulks of credits directly from the projects, cutting out expensive middlemen. This also enables us to follow the money from you, as a member, to the projects, ensuring that your membership is removing as much carbon as we promise.

plant trees in Addition to your offsetting

In addition to offsetting, you also plant 15 trees for every ton of carbon you offset. The trees are planted in our forest on Madagascar through our partnership with Eden Reforestation Project

The locals in Ankilahila are hired to plant mangrove trees, which are a type of tree that absorbs 4-5 times as much CO2 as normal trees. The project restores the forest, but is also helping people out of extreme poverty.

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