Context of the area
In this region where wood energy still accounts for a significant proportion of the energy mix, sound management of biomass resources is a key challenge. Although economic development may foster the emergence of other energy sources, the population is growing and so is demand for wood and charcoal. South-East Asia still has areas of primary forest, but economics and the laws of the market are not conducive to conservation of this environmental wealth. Forests are disappearing in favour of intensive farming or the market for rare hardwood. GERES is striving to ensure that communities can continue to use their natural resources to meet their day-to-day energy needs.
GERES in Southeast Asia
- In Cambodia, GERES is working at all levels of the wood energy supply chain. On the forestry side, projects are helping communities with more efficient management of the resource to ensure its sustainability. On the user side, GERES is developing solutions to reduce fuel consumption: producing efficient charcoal, low-energy domestic cookers and other technologies appropriate to local circumstances.
- Via our StovePlus program to disseminate improved cookstoves, our activities are also expanding to Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar with the aim to support clean cooking projects in the region.
Some key figures
- 3,5 million improved cookstoves disseminated since 2003
- 274 independent entrepreneurs involved in the production and distribution
- 1,2 million tonnes of wood preserved since 2003
- 85,754 trees have been incubated and planted between 2008 and 2012
- 15 kilns producing high-quality sustainable charcoal operated by local communities