Modern wood stoves save women time
NFG have supported a stove project that encourages rural Ethiopian women to produce wood stoves for sale. These stoves require less wood and therefore women do not need to spend as much time collecting firewood, which again is an advantageous to the village and in the long run for the natural environment.
Women are often the key to a well-run village in rural Ethiopia. However they often need to spend excessive amounts of time to gather firewood, which over time is only found at greater distances from the home. An effective stove for cooking food, allows the women to take fewer trips (75% fewer) to the woods for fuel, informs Project Coordinator Yeshanew Ashagrie Abitew.
The time saved in collecting firewood is now available for production of stoves, amongst other things. For example, some women have had time to engage in the café business, which also provides an income. They are also available to work in the fields, which gives them a right to participate in decision-making when discussions about area utilisation are held. Knowledge about the issues of area utilisation is being provided through local courses in regards to biodiversity and sustainable use of the land. This opportunity is a direct result of their participation in the stove project. På denne måten …?
The Project Coordinator informed that the main objective of the stove project is to improve the sustainability of land use in Ethiopia. This entails that more trees are planted to sustain the soils, improve the local climate and provide much needed resources at the local level.
Launching of program website
To meet the goal of the program it will be very important to have a broad communication strategy which include establishment of a program website.
This website is a starting point of informing about the program on a regular basis. We hope you will find it useful, and questions or comments are appreciated
Newsletter no 2 – 2018
The content of the pilot LUP achieved in Serawudi Kebele (Ebinat Woreda) during the inception phase revealed the necessity to reconsider, adjust and improve different organizational and technical aspects related to the LUP process and procedures.
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Newsletter no 1 – 2018
The Forest landscape Restoration program [FLR Program] inception phase is planned for 8 months, i.e. November 2017/July 2018.
During this period, both organizational and management/planning aspects were considered. The context has been carefully assessed with a view to refine the program’s objectives and the related results. The main administrative and technical support documents necessary for the planning and implementing process have been formulated and/or reviewed.
Key stakeholders were contacted and their roles in the program were clarified. Preparatory tasks regarding organizational and technical aspects and related to the planning and implementation of the program’s work packages have been implemented.
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School material prepared
for Sustainable Development [ESD]
Working with schools and school children is one of the constituents in FLR Program WP5, i.e. Capacity Building and training activities.
In this course of action, Mrs. Nina Ree-Lindstad, a specialist from the Forestry Extension Institute in Norway, together with a group composed from representatives of Amhara Bureau of Education (BoE), ORDA and selected school teachers from the program areas, are jointly working to develop materials related to Education for Sustainable Development [ESD] to be disseminated in selected schools in the program areas.
The group will produce fact-based instructive and informative materials to support the school’s environmental clubs. These materials are adapted to the local context realities and might be propagated to other schools in Amhara region.
Training subjects through local involvement
In October four topics of special relevance for training were identified through involvement of national and local organisations, as well as the community. Participation were from our partners ORDA and AFE, in addition to public agencies Bureau of Agriculture, Bureau of Rural Land Administration and Use, and Environment, Forest and Wildlife Protection and Development Authority. Amhara Women Organisation and World Vision completed the group. There was also a public meeting in Serawdi, the projects first pilot area, to identify the most necessary topics.
The topics are:
- Community nursery. Establishment, management and seedling production. For farmers.
- Soil and Water Conservation. Gully restoration and maintenance. Water harvesting. For Farmers.
- Appropriate Agroforestry practices. For farmers.
- Land Use Planning. A practical approach. For supervisors.
A group of local experts will specify the content of these courses, look for appropriate and simple teaching material, and construct the courses in cooperation with NFG. Then test courses will be conducted by mid-January 2019.
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