Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation

Becoming A Major Concern

Deforestation and environmental degradation is becoming a major concern in all Ungweru impact areas. Increased population and high poverty levels has led to an increase in exploitation of natural resources.

Stop deforestation

Brick making, selling charcoal and firewood is a means of livelihood for people but they lead to deforestation and degradation of the environment. Our work aims to promote the environmentally friendly and sustainable solution of using clay stoves and briquettes.

MZUZU URBAN PROFILE REPORTED THAT 84.4% OF THE HOUSEHOLDS IN MZUZU CITY USE CHARCOAL AND FIREWOOD AS MOST PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD OTHER SOURCE OF ENERGY.

Reduce the environmental impact

In partnership with the Department of Forestry, we have supported communities to raise over 15,000 nursery trees that helped to cover bare land in communities.
Much like the clay stoves, these nurseries aim to reduce the environmental impact of deforestation in these areas. Promoting natural resource based enterprises is one way of income generation and a means of livelihood.

FIELD IMPLEMENTATION

Clay cooking stoves
In partnership with ProBEC (Programme for Basic Energy and Conservation in Southern Africa) and Ministry of Energy and Mining, Ungweru trained three communities in briquette making, in molding and doing promotion of clay cooking stoves. Research has shown that use of clay cooking stoves save 50% of traditional fuel energy. Not only it reduces deforestation but communities sell the clay cooking stoves as an IGA (Income Generating Activity).
Planting trees
Our Progressio ICS volunteers have had the task of planting many pine tree seedlings to reinforce our stance on promoting afforestation. We have since planted around 3000 seedlings in our various partner communities. Progressio ICS volunteers have also kept on promoting the use of briquettes and clay cook stoves by training community members in teaching the making process as well as promoting a sustainable environment, afforestation and the benefits of recycled material.