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Successful Conference with PCIA in Lima, Peru this February

Thankfully due to our partners, the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society of Canada, and their special financing, CEDESOL Executive Director was able to travel to the PCIA (Partnership for Clean Indoor Air) Conference in Lima, Peru from February 21-26th. The conference was designed to foster an environment where participants could network and share best practices with other household energy and health experts, take  part in group discussions that identified common strategic objectives and opportunities for collaboration, and finally create commitments to achieve the four forum priorities: meeting social and behavioral needs, developing local markets, improving technology and design and performance, and monitor impacts of interventions.

After shipping a 2 burner rocket stove to La Paz, Bolivia, David and the stove took a 36 hour bus ride to Lima, and after a profuse amount of taxi rides, David arrived and presented this distinctive variation of a rocket stove to over 400 stove experts, where it was conclusively decided to be one of the most efficient and complete chimney stoves on the market. Efficient and easy to use for the price of production, CEDESOL’s 2 burner rocket stove represents a new step towards the integration of solar and biomass ovens.

Furthermore, at the conference, significant progress was made to raise awareness for the assimilation of solar and wood stove cooking communities together to create a more integrated cooking system. Committed to this effort since early 1998, CEDESOL plays a vital role in implementing and training communities in central Bolivia to live in a more sustainable and integrated lifestyle.

Finally, David was able to represent CEDESOL and work in conjunction with renowned international solar cooking experts such as AmyJo Mattheis, Margaret Owino, Crosby Menziesto, Patricia Mcardle, Rocio Maldonado and John Mwanjaani to raise awareness of the potential that solar cookers have throughout the world. Specifically, he worked with AmyJo, the new executive director of Solar Cookers International (http://solarcookers.org/ ) and who also aptly coined the appropriate term of  “solar plus” when referring to the combined use of solar cookers and other clean cook technologies that are more suited to different environments, which adds to the overall value of the system. When applicable, use a solar cooker, and when not efficient, use another source of clean cook technology to get the job done!

From the conference resulted a beginning consensus on the importance of integrating solar stove and wood burning stove communities to instigate a more combined lifestyle of solar and wood cooking. This further highlighted the importance of solar plus cooking methods and increased the awareness among international and national organizations about the opportunities that lie in this new field of work in rural communities. Contacts with organizations also opened a new door for professional relationships to develop with a common aim to increase the health in rural communities and the use of both solar cook ovens and other fuel efficient technologies to create a more integrated cooking lifestyle in these communities. This conference marked an expansion of the vision, opportunities, and potential that CEDESOL has to impact and benefits thousands in Bolivia.

CEDESOL Goes Gold

Additionally, CEDESOL has taken significant steps to further increase its involvement with the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard is a non profit organization with established procedures, called best practices, that set a benchmark to ensure that international organizations follow the correct methodology when measuring and monitoring carbon emissions in the environment. The Gold Standard Foundation catalogs international projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions with relation to the contribution to sustainable development and certifies their “carbon credits for sale on both compliance and voluntary offset markets” (taken from Gold Standard Foundation website: http://www.cdmgoldstandard.org/ ) It defines methodologies and a protocol of implementation of a conservative amount of carbon reduction through the cooperation of other organizations. Furthermore, Gold Standard provides the following  steps:

  • An audited project design to ensure organizations follow the correct methodology.

  • Monitoring with established baselines.

  • Ensuring certification of correct methodology as said in the project design commitment.

  • Yearly documentation of stoves producing a certain amount of carbon emissions.

These are each enforced and monitored through a methodology established by Gold Standard, and include a series of kitchen surveys, testing the stoves, monitoring how many stoves stay online after a certain number of years, and finally education and training in communities in the use of these stoves. Over a period of seven years, Gold Standard provides a methodology for which international organizations comply with standards of measurement within their respective countries.

Mr. Whitfield attended a conference in late February, in partnership with MyClimate, and extended CEDESOL’s involvement and cooperation with Gold Standard. CEDESOL also signed a memorandum of understanding with MyClimate to define this partnership in the future. The primary effort and first step involved in this is the Local Stakeholders Consultation meeting that took place in April.


CEDESOL coordinates a Local Stakeholders Consultation Meeting

Representatives of Organizaciones Teritoriales de  Bases (Territorial Base Organizations, which are national divisions in Bolivia), women’s groups, campesino agricultural groups and sindicates, rural and municipal governments, and NGO’s in rural areas gathered in a full-day conference on April 27th in Cochabamba to discuss the implementation of “placing 54,000 ecological stoves in 54,000 households, reducing 511,000 tCO2 over the 7 year project period” (taken from the LSC report). Specifically, CEDESOL and those involved with the meeting have a twofold target to improve the livelihood and health of families selected to benefit from the use of ecological stoves as well as improve the environment by CO2 emission reductions. A large aspect of this is the distribution of stoves and cooking training to facilitate the use of ecological cookers in rural communities.

Resulting from this meeting was a solid plan of action regarding the process of choosing the families and communities who will receive ecological stoves as well as a beginning to host demonstrations, as well as training maintenance sessions for those who have ecological ovens. Additionally, stakeholders agreed to frequently check up on communities who have solar cookers to continue education and trainings regarding the stoves, the environment, and health and to finally set up a leadership system who will oversee the proper use of the stoves. A consensus and communal goal arise from the Local Stakeholders Consultation Meeting this past April, and plans have been set in place for prompt implementation.