Reducing emission through use of improved cook stoves and rain water harvesting
Reducing emission through use of improved cook stoves and rain water harvesting
Shedrup Chokhorling Anim Shedra is located at Tokaring, Tsamang Gewog in Mongar Dzongkhag. The Shedra is a Buddhist community with a population of 35 young girls who are studying the Buddhist philosophy. The Shedra is under the umbrealla of Pemachholing Nunnery (Bumthang) which is a non-profit organization working to support and provide opportunities for education for girls and women in Bhutan.
Since, it is an educational institute providing regular meals for a large number of students, the volume of fuel wood is used for cooking thereby huge emission of greenhouse gases is there i.e. emitting 1.3 tons of CO2. Besides the hard work of collecting the fuel wood, the nuns were directly exposed to CO2 emission, where the cooking was done through traditional stoves with about only 30% efficiency. With increasing intake every year, the consumption of wood is increasing. All these have negative effect on environment resulting in land degradation, increased felling of trees and health of nuns are also affected. The nuns also faced acute water shortage both for washing and drinking.

“Reducing emission through use of improved cook stoves and rain water harvesting” project was engineered to benefit nuns in terms of reducing workload from collecting of fuel wood; reducing emission and exposure to CO2; eventually reducing pressure on forest and improving health and sanitation from better access to water.
Through the installation of improved stoves, the used of fuel wood was reduced by two-third. Now the nunnery use only about 10 head-loads of fuel wood a month (emitting only about 0.4 tons of CO2). The kitchen has become almost smoke free and drastically reduced exposure to CO2 and other related emission. The occurrence of cough and eye sore related sickness has reduced by one-third.
Health and sanitation of nuns and the community has also improved due to better and regular access to safe drinking water. Through the project the community has safeguarded three community water sources and reduced leakage at various points of the water supply.

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Project Snapshot

Shedrup Chokhorling Anim Shedra
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 11,500.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 11,800.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Project sustainability
High Sustainability: Sustainable practices were implemented towards reducing consumption of fuel wood and reducing emission of greenhouse gases example electric cooker, and training on use and management of rain water harvesting were facilitated. The nuns, our target beneficiary were actively involved in implementation of project activities.
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Mr. Tshering Phuntsho
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