Cookstoves to Protect Panda Habitat
Reduction in wood use
Improved cookstoves installed
Tonnes of Co2 avoided
For China’s most isolated communities, forest ecosystems remain a primary source of woodfuel for cooking and heating on inefficient stoves, which also expose families to toxic indoor air pollution.
For decades, the deep mountain communities of Shaanxi’s Ningshan County in Central China have collected their woodfuel from the nearby Huangguanshan Nature Reserve, gradually degrading and encroaching on crucial giant panda habitat.
An established technology in China, high efficiency cookstoves use significantly less woodfuel to achieve the same results owing to their improved thermal efficiency. This promotes more sustainable resource use amongst communities, easing deforestation pressures on local giant panda habitat. The new stoves also feature chimneys that filter out toxic smoke, creating healthier kitchen environments, and the project alleviates much of the burden of wood chopping and collection. This frees up time for local residents to focus on more productive tasks, like looking after children or working for income.
This project reconstructs or improves low-efficiency, built-in cookstoves to implement healthier, more sustainable cooking and heating practices in the Ningshan County towns of Huangguan, Xingchang and Simudi. The improved stoves are 148 cm x 76 cm x 78 cm in dimension, with a 3.5 metre high chimney that extends at least half a metre above the roof of the house. They are up to 70% more efficient, and normally contain two or three pots.
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