3,000 efficient cooking stoves were sold to help mangroves' conservation in Ambilobe
In the DIANA region, northwestern Madagascar, families from Ambilobe and 18 other localities benefited from efficient cooking stoves at subsidized prices. The project, initiated by the WWF and the ADES, was carried out between September and December 2016, and aimed to preserve the mangroves on which local natural balance depends. In this area, mangroves are under strong pressure as between 2000 and 2010, one saw their surface area reduced by 16%. The cooking stoves are a non-negligible conservation alternative: 1,000 adopted devices help preserve 175 ha of natural forests annually, according to the ADES estimates. Since September 2014 to date, more than 5,900 stoves have been sold and adopted, ie 1,032.5 ha per year of mangrove forests saved in three years.
The use of improved cooking stoves is an immediate measure for mangrove forests management in this zone. The stoves help families to have more than 50% saving on the charcoal/firewood purchase, as they burn charcoal/wood more efficiently than traditional cooking fires. The adoption of those stoves has also the advantage of halving the slaughter of mangroves for fuel and the release of carbon dioxide and methane emissions during cooking. In the long term, if largely adopted, they would safeguarding the forest natural resources and the global environment.