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RFA, IUCN Rwanda to provide 1000 Households with Energy Cooking Stoves following the distribution of 1000 others in 2022


The distribution of energy-saving cookstoves in Kirehe and Nyagatare districts in Rwanda is set to revolutionize the way households cook while also contributing to environmental conservation efforts.

On Monday, 27th May 2024, the Rwanda Forestry Authority and IUCN Rwanda, through the AREECA project, provided 500 households with improved cooking stoves in Kirehe District, with the additional 500 cookstoves set to be distributed in Nyagatare District.

The AREECA Project is donating overall 2000 improving cook stoves where 1000 was donated in 2022.

READ ALSO: Rwanda: AREECA project donates 500 improved cook stoves to Kirehe and Nyagatare districts as part of reducing deforestation rates

The AREECA project, which focuses on restoring ecological functionality and biological diversity in landscapes, aims to address issues such as deforestation, climate change resilience, and improving livelihoods.

The 4 years’ project which is funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) is being implemented in partnership with Rwanda Forestry Authority, IUCN, RWARRI, districts and local communities through an integrated landscape community approach.

By providing beneficiaries with improved Cookstoves, the project not only reduces biomass fuel consumption but also mitigates greenhouse gas emissions and eliminates health risks associated with inefficient cooking practices.

These energy-saving cookstoves are designed to not only reduce fuel consumption but also produce less smoke, leading to improved indoor air quality and reduced health risks for families.

Additionally, the use of these stoves will help combat deforestation by decreasing the demand for firewood and charcoal, ultimately contributing to the preservation of the Districts’ natural resources.

The implementation of these improved cooking stoves is a significant step towards promoting sustainable practices in cooking and combating climate change in Rwanda.

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