Good news on the World Vision Baseline!

Our previous blogs stated our (co2balance) new partnership with World Vision on micro-scale cook stove projects in Baringo and Nakuru Counties in Kenya. Subject to Gold Standard rules before delving into the project implementation it’s vital to do a baseline study to understand the amount of wood combusted and therefore greenhouse gases produced within the project area before being reduced by the project activity.

As a result yesterday the co2balance team represented by Lucas and I were in Nakuru, Wema ADP for the World Vision baseline training. This however came after some in advent delays. We trained 30 data collectors who will be involved in the data collection for the coming KS and KPT. The Baseline is now scheduled for next week. This is good news!

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During the rigorous training we took the data collectors through the theory part of the surveys before doing various practical samples to ensure that they all understood the process for doing the surveys. The training included data collectors from both Wema and Mogotio; the ADP’s where the project will be implemented. This training allowed the data collectors to gain a greater understanding of the surveys and how they are carried out to meet the high standards required.

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After the training we had to remind the Survey field teams that as they will be going into peoples’ homes, representing co2balance and World Vision they need to do so with respect and be aware that the households are helping by letting them into their homes. We also asked them to remember thanking all households for accepting to be part of the survey.

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Travel Preparations

Nothing can beat getting out into the villages where our projects have been implemented, and seeing the projects in action first-hand!

Being based in the UK and implementing our projects, we often hear stories, see photos and receive reports about how successful the projects are from our local partners and in-country staff. . . but there is nothing quite like being there. We are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to visit the communities, being welcomed into the homes of the stove beneficiaries, getting to know them and sharing their experiences.

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I am currently making the final preparations for my next trip to Rwanda on Monday. With a busy schedule of meetings in Kigali, I will be sure to also spend plenty of time with the communities to find out how the CO2balance stove has impacted them, and if there are any ways we can improve the project as it continues to expand.

Next updates from Rwanda!

 

 

Conservation works in Shimoni

Situated on border of Kenya and Tanzania along the Indian Ocean coastline, Shimoni today is best known for being the main gateway to the beautiful Wasini Island and to the Kisite Marine National Park. However it is little known fact that in the past 10 years 70% of the local forest has been depleted and increasing tourism in the area is posing further stress on the locally available natural resources. To be able to reverse this trend and to conserve its unique coastal forest there has been major local and international efforts under way. The Kenya Wildlife Service has been active in the area through its headquarter in the Kisite-Mpunguti  National Park where in cooperation with Global Vision International (GVI) it has been focusing on both marine and terrestrial conservation. Also, a local community based organization, Friends of Shimoni Forest has been successfully working together with various travel agents to promote sustainable tourism and to raise awareness of the fragile ecosystem in Shimoni.

Photo by Global Vision International (GVI)

Photo by Global Vision International (GVI)

We are proud to be able to contribute to these conservation efforts through our efficient cookstove project (Gold Standard 827 – Shimoni Improved Cook Stoves). Having been working in the area since 2009, CO2balance have distributed 826 improved cookstoves to date, this way reducing the reliance on the decreasing and precious wood resource locally.

To know more about our Shimoni project please visit our website: http://www.co2balance.com/project-details/?project=80