CEDESOL has incorporated thousands of ecological cookers into the Bolivian and southern Peruvian cultures. Our vision of ecological cookers is the integrated use of efficient biomass, retained heat and solar cooking. More emphasis is placed on retained heat and solar cooking as they present primary cultural barriers but provide the greatest economic, environmental and health improvements since cooking in those systems requires no energy inputs from contaminating sources.

Cedesol exists to include others in its vision. Since 2003 Cedesol has been working in cooperation with other organizations to design and build the most efficient stoves; with financial institutions and like-minded organizations to provide micro enterprises for the stoves to be acquired in the most affordable ways; and with trained instructors to offer participative workshops in which the people learn the technology and why it is needed, as well as learning how to build the cookers and maintain them.

The end of 2009 and beginning of 2010 has been an exciting time for CEDESOL. Take a look at the articles below to find out what we have been up to.

Next week CEDESOL will participate the international summit on climate change that takes place here in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We are in position to bring before the eyes of many activists and decision makers the blessing of ecological cookers - solar cookers, thermal cookers and efficient biomass stoves. Our goal in the conference is that as many people as possible get to know to the technologies they can employ and organizations they can partner with in order to effect positive change in their home regions. Let´s reduce black carbon emissions right now.

Countdown to the climate summit: Let´s reduce black carbon emissions right now

Thousands of grass root organisations, politicians, intellectuals, scientists and individuals will debate about climate change next week in Cochabamba, Bolivia. CEDESOL´s message in The World People´s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth highlights black carbon (soot) emissions and the practical solutions that are available to tackle them. ”The world can do something immediately, without treaties or round-table discussions, massive employment of ecological cookers can reduce the advancement of global warming now”, says CEDESOL´s director David Whitfield.

Black carbon contributes approximately twenty percent of the global warming. It warms the planet by absorbing heat in the atmosphere and when it lands on snow, ice caps and glaciers it absorbs the sun's heat, reduces reflectivity and causes widespread and faster melting and sea level rise...Read more here

More information about the conference: http://pwccc.wordpress.com/

From the countryside to the cities – Solar cookers conquer new territories

When it comes to cooking, fifty families in the Colquiri neighborhood, located in the city of Cochabamba, are not dependent on gas anymore. In October of 2009, these families were introduced to the benefits of solar cooking technology by CEDESOL, Sobre La Roca, and the Kyoto Twist Solar Cooking Society.

“Now, money goes farther, the food is always hot and I don´t need to reheat it, I save time and money, and I am happy. I thank the project for having changed my life”, says Carmen Achá Nova de Velasquez, one of the beneficiaries.

After having demonstrated the benefits of solar ovens in urban communities in an earlier project with Kyoto Twist, this project sought to increase the quality of life among citizens in another neighborhood. The project also raised awareness about solar technology in the broader community, increased education about environmental issues, and demonstrated the benefits solar ovens provided in urban neighborhoods for fuel savings, economic savings, environmental benefits, health and
time-use.

Families received safe and ecological stoves thanks to volunteer fundraising

Communities in Beni, Bolivian amazones, can now cook their meals in a more ecological, economic and healthier way with their new rocket stoves. CEDESOL´s two volunteers, Jenny Ilias from Australia and Andy Dinnendahl from Canada, raised funds to help families that live in very basic conditions.

People in remote villages located in Ibiato County often have to spend hours every day collecting firewood. The traditional stoves that they use expose them to poisonous fumes that cause many health problems such as lung cancer and tuberculosis. On the other hand, using wood as fuel emits green house gases and creates deforestation.

Jenny and Andy planned and implemented a project that helps both the local communities and the environment. When selecting families from the communities, they wanted to give preference to the families with the greatest need, such as single mothers and people with disabilities.

CEDESOL nominated for Global Leadership Award

NGOs, academic institutions, private companies and politicians gathered together in March 2009, to discuss clean and efficient cooking technologies. 262 partners of PCIA, Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, united in Kampala, Uganda, making it the largest meeting of its kind so far.

The participants, CEDESOL among them, shared best practices of meeting community needs, improving stove design and performance, commercializing cooking technologies and fuels, and assessing impacts of interventions. PCIA´s partners disseminated a total of 500,000 improved stoves in 2007 and 700,000 in 2008, impacting the lives of 12 million people during the last two years. Partners set new, ambitious targets for the years to come.

CEDESOL was one of the organizations nominated for the Global leadership award because of its commitment to improving health and quality of life, especially of women and children, by reducing the exposure to indoor contamination.

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