April 20, 2024

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Climate proofing: REMA’s LDCF3 Project distributes 5,000 improved cookstoves to beneficiaries to tackle climate change

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority distributes 5,000 improved cookstoves to beneficiaries of the Landscape Restoration Approach to Climate Proof the Rural Settlement Project, also known as LDCF3, in Kirehe and Gakenke Districts.

The cookstoves were distributed in line with the project’s long-term goal of climate proofing the rural settlements in both Districts.

The cookstoves will promote energy efficiency, as their thermal efficiency is above 30, which makes them reduce fuel consumption by up to 50 percent compared to traditional stoves, thus significantly saving CO2 emissions and lower the pressure on forests as less firewood needs to be harvested when using a cookstove of their kind.

“It was so hard for us to harvest firewood as we no longer have enough forests. Firewood here is so expensive to the extent that 5,000 RwF is not worth firewood that can last at least one week. Women and children are the most affected because they are directly involved in firewood harvesting. This stove will definitely relieve us because of its efficiency. The time we used to spend collecting firewood will also be allocated to income generating activities, ” said Claudine Mukamisha, a resident in Kirehe District.

Energy efficiency and afforestation are one of the project’s components.

In the beginning, 5,000 improved cookstoves (2,500 in Gakenke and the other 2,500 in Kirehe Districts) were distributed to 5,000 families. The cookstoves will not only promote energy efficiency, they will also help to improve human health, put an end to large scale deforestation and contribute to climate change mitigation.

“We were used to suffering from respiratory diseases associated with solid biomass fuel exposure because of using inefficient cookstoves. As we are provided with improved cookstoves, we are happy that our children and ourselves will no longer be exposed to high indoor pollution emanating from inefficient cookstoves” said Liliane Nyiramana, a resident in Gakenke District

According to Charles Sindayigaya, LDCF3 Project Coordinator, distributing cookstoves to beneficiaries is one of many other activities the project intends to accomplish.

“We have established radical and progressive terraces and embarked on afforestation activities to improve agricultural productivity and restore degraded ecosystems. The cookstoves we are distributing will also contribute to achieving the project’s goal of restoring the natural forests, as the cookstoves save energy compared to the traditional way of cooking.” Sindayigaya noted.

These cookstoves will also contribute to socio-economic development of beneficiaries, since due to their efficiency to save energy and time, beneficiaries will get the opportunity to do other income generating activities.

LDCF3 is a five-year initiative that will climate proof the rural settlements in Gakenke and Kirehe Districts by building communities’ resilience to climate change.

Beneficiaries commend the project’s interventions, saying that the cookstoves they were provided with as well as other project interventions will greatly contribute to gender equality.

LDCF3 Project under REMA’s implementation is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its intervention areas are Gakenke and Kirehe Districts.

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