Community-based projects have environmental, social and economic impacts at their core. Well-designed projects address multiple issues and help foster sustainable development at the community level. These projects provide tangible benefits both for the environment and human health while also fostering local development, women empowerment and girl education.
Nearly 3 billion people still use wood-based and charcoal stoves for cooking, with a staggering impact for the environment of around 2% of all GHG emissions. In addition, wood-based fuel often comes from unsustainable harvesting practices, which lead to deforestation and forest degradation, and hence a substantial loss of carbon sequestration capacity.
All non-CO2 mitigation measures together could cool global surface temperature by around 0.5C by 2050. Phasing out traditional cookstoves over the next 20 years could produce a coolling effect of approximately 0.08C!