Introduction of energy-efficient stoves for conservation of forest resources in Tavush region
Introduction of energy-efficient stoves for conservation of forest resources in Tavush region
The economic and energy crisis of early 90s followed by the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in massive logging of trees for firewood resulting in deforestation that threatened the Armenia’s ecosystems. Irregular cuttings and lack of adequate forest protection measures resulted in the change of climatic conditions in forests, as well as fire risk increase (high temperature, abundant light, branches and leaves due to cuttings). Deforestation also resulted in soil erosion contributing to an increase in natural disasters like floods and landslides. Tavush is among the regions that have suffered the most damage from deforestation.
The project aims to reduce increasing pressure on forest ecosystems by local communities through promotion of local manufacturing and marketing of high-efficiency (EE) wood stoves in Tavush region. To achieve its aim the project plans to introduce locally adapted energy-efficient stoves through experimental manufacturing and testing. Practical demonstration and presentation of environmental and socio-economic benefits of the EE stoves will ensure its promotion and further commercialization. It is expected that popularization of the EE stoves will lead to savings in burning unsustainably harvested fuel wood, reduce CO2 emissions, decrease deforestation and preserve forest biodiversity. While local production of stoves implies income for manufactures, the stoves will be marketed at much lower price than the imported ones.

The project is expected to produce the following major outputs:
• Design, manufacturing and testing of at least two models of locally tailored energy-efficient heating and cooking wood stoves;
• Production of at least 250 model heating and cooking stoves by local manufacturers or producer groups and their distribution among the select beneficiary households;
• Increasing understanding of local population (especially youth) about benefits of forest ecosystem services and knowledge of locally feasible low-carbon technology for clean and sustainable energy generation;
• Summarizing and sharing of experience and knowledge generated by the project among a large range of stakeholders.
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Project Snapshot

"Verelk" NGO
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 1,530.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

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Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
As part of knowledge sharing activities, the project will deliver special on-job trainings to local technical college students and unemployed youth to provide them with special skills in fuel-efficient stoves manufacturing which can become a potential source of income for them in future.
Inovative Financial Mechanisms
As part of the knowledge sharing component and in order to raise awareness on the project results among different stakeholders, it is planned to publish informational leaflets and disseminate through different local and regional media.
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Number of value added labels/certifications/quality standards received or achieved 1
Hectares of degraded land rest 1
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 108

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