Association GERES

Deepening energy sector knowledge towards evidence-based interventions

Technical Sheet

Technical sheet

 

Location: Cambodia

 

Dates: 2013 – in progress

 

Partners:

  • World Resources Institute
  • Mlup Baitong
  • United Nations Development Program

 

 

Action description

Action description

 

With help from funding partners, GERES continuously embarks on studies aiming to fill knowledge gaps in Cambodia’s energy sector.

 

Towards understanding the biomass sector – Cambodia’s biggest source of energy – GERES worked on FloWood: A Study of Biomass Energy Demand Patterns (2013-2014), a nationwide survey of the country’s biggest biomass users: domestic cooking, , brick production, rubber processing, fish smoking, small-scale food processing, salt refining, ice, tobacco curing, garment, rice husk and wood gasification. The results of the study are seen to enable policymakers, project developers and members of the private sector to design strategies and programmes that address the core issues of the biomass energy value chain in ways that safeguard sustainable utilization of forest resources.

 

GERES as well did a study on the impact of charcoal on Cambodi’s Cardamom forest. The Participatory Impact Assessment using Global Forest Watch (2014) had endeavored to bring the complex reality of charcoal production in Cambodia using scientific evidence, and in the process, developed a replicable methodology for local-level studies on the impact of charcoal on forests.

 

For the United Nations Development Programme, GERES described the status quo as well as made recommendations aiming to increase LPG market share for cooking in a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Market and Household Cooking Assessment in Cambodia (2015).

 

From objectives to actions

GERES researchers performed desk reviews, national data sets analyses, meetings with experts, field visits and nationwide surveys on the country’s most significant biomass users; a Factsheet was developed for each sector containing relevant findings, analysis and recommendations.

 

GERES and Mlup Baitong staff members performed socio-economic surveys among charcoal producers, set up check-points in strategic charcoal routes, assessed the forest area’s biomass stock and charcoal supply potential, and facilitated community workshops, in order to gain a realistic picture of charcoal’s impact on the Cardamoms.

 

GERES researchers performed desk reviews and field research including household surveys, interviews with government ministries and market players, in order to assess the political and socio-economic environment for LPG.

 

Learn more

Learn more

 

Read our study

Charcoal, forests and livelihoods in the Northern Cardamoms

Contact

Ms. Charlotte Nivollet, GERES Southeast Asia Regional Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)