Naturvernforbundet starts peace core project on ICS in Tajikistan

Expert on ICS Madhav Pokharel from Nepal.
In the beginning of February this year, the Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature (Naturvernforbundet) launched its first Fredskorpset (Peace core) project –on simple energy saving measures in households in Tajikistan. Energy saving will be achieved through improving cooking stoves (ICS). The projects goal is to transfer Nepalese knowhow on efficient stoves to Tajikistan, using expertise exchange between Nepal and Tajikistan. In February ICS expert Madhav Pokharel from Nepal started on his one year mission in Tajikistan, while Tajik NGO expert Jonona Bakieva has a one year assignment in Nepal that started from March.

People in rural districts in Tajikistan are mostly cooking their food outdoors, on big and inefficient clay stoves. Through the Fredskorpset project the two countries will build competence that will reduce regional CO2 emissions and at the same time prevent further deforestation. This will also help preventing desertification, which is a huge problem in this region. With the traditional stoves people are spending much time on collection of firewood. More efficient stoves will reduce the reduce the firewood need, which will improve the quality of life.

In his home country our Nepalese expert Madhav Pokharel has build more than 10 000 stoves and held many workshops with building instructions. His main work in Tajikistan focuses on workshops in rural communities, teaching people in villages to build improved cooking stoves them self and explaining advantages of these simple solutions. Local host and partner organisation for the project is Little Earth, who will also build their own expertise in ICS during the stay of Mr. Pokharel in Tajikistan.

Start up workshop
On the 29.3.2008 a successful initiating workshop was held in Tajikistan‘s capital Dushanbe. The workshop introduced the ICS to officials and other NGOs in Tajikistan and asked for cooperation, participation and support in the effective implementation of the program.

During the workshop the participants discuss potential benefits of ICS and the integration of ICS in relation to existing and future programs.

Participants asked many questions on the construction of stoves and the materials, which are used for the production of ICS. All participants were very interest in the energy-efficient stoves and use of briquettes as an alternative source of energy. A number of representatives of the local communities proposed their regions as base for pilot projects and some organizations were interested in more detailed consideration of the project.

A total of about 30 people participated at the initiating workshop, with colleagues from local and international NGOs, representatives from a number of local communities, representatives from the Republican Academy of Sciences and journalists.

SPARE basis for practical energy work
Naturvernforbundet has together with the local environmental organisations Little Earth (formerly For the Earth) implemented the educational project SPARE since 2001. The project has gradually been extended with practical projects on energy saving and alternative energy sources since 2005. Since Tajikistan has severe energy shortages, mostly in rural regions, the sustainable productive development represents a great challenge. The country has scarce forest areas, and local people use major part of the day to collect firewood. NNV has been working on energy saving and efficiency in educational buildings, windows improvement, solar water heating, efficient greenhouses, lighting, cooking and household heating.

The main aim of the exchange through Fredskorpset support is to apply new methods and technology in energy supply to decentralized areas. The central issue is to provide rural Tajikistan with experience and knowledge in construction and dissemination of improved cooking stoves (ICS), which are more energy efficient and environment-friendly than the existing ones. We wish to weave this particular issue into a broader context of environmental and climate related activities that are part of our work.

The project has co-financing from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is covering the village trainings Pokharel will hold in Tajikistan.

Contact person in Naturvernforbundet: Kay Asbjørn Schjørlien Knutsen, kaks(a)

From start up seminar in Dushanbe on Peace Core proejct

From start up seminar in Dushanbe on Peace Core proejct