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Objectives of the project
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NACOM Deliverables

Dissemination of Improved Stoves-SED

Location within country : 3 Upazila (Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Ukhia and Teknaf) in Cox’s Bazar District.
Partner Organization : German Technical Cooperation (Gtz)
Start Date : January 2008
Completion Date :December 2009

Project Description:

More than 90 % of Bangladeshi people use solid fuels for cooking, including 60 % of urban households and almost all rural households. The rapidly expanding population and heavy reliance on biomass has put pressure on Bangladesh’s limited forest resources. Fuel wood is becoming increasingly scarce and more expensive, which has pushed many consumers towards other forms of biomass such as crop residues, rice husk briquettes and cow dung. Burning solid biomass is inefficient at converting energy to heat for cooking, and releases a toxic mix of health- damaging pollutants that contribute to climate change at regional and al levels.

Improved cook stoves (ICS) is an option for reducing indoor air pollution, saving of fuel woods and reduces the cooking time. Promotion of ICS could reduce the health risk, especially respiratory diseases of rural poor women. Reduction in fuel wood use can contribute in reducing pressure on the existing forestry within and homestead vegetation and also decrease carbon-di-oxide emissions. Therefore, use of ICS is seen as an action for biodiversity conservation in one hand and on the other hand a mitigatory action for climate change including option for reducing indoor air pollution. The overall purpose of the project was to promote the use of improved earthen stoves in Cox’s Bazar area with view to reduce dependence of biofuel energy in the country.
NACOM undertook this project with Gtz with the mission to
reduce the pressure on plant based fuel
reduce the carbon emission and
reduce health risk of women arising from solid fuel combustion.
Enhance the awareness of local people about the health hazards associated with biomass fuel use/ traditional stoves.
Reduce the household’s expenditures for cooking purpose as ICS require about 50% less fuel compared to the traditional stoves.
Encourage local people to participate actively in the project.

NACOM Deliverables :

NACOM was responsible for a small part of the project activity in contributing to the project as a part of the Technical Advisory Group. The activities undertook were:
Skill development training to local people for preparing Improved Stoves (ICS)
Dissemination of ICS among rural people
Organizing ICS demonstration fair
Providing services to the recipient household when repairing is required
Production awareness outreach materials, including leaflet and posters
Posting of billboards Monitoring of use of ICS