Zartaj distributes fuel-efficient stoves to 100 households
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Thursday launched the ‘Clean Energy Efficient Cooking Stove' project aiming to sustainable forest management and promoting climate-friendly cooking in the country at Chawan Forest Rest House, Karore, Dhanyal Road, Rawalpindi.
The project of fuel efficient stoves was started by Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The minister distributed stoves among 100 households of the area for demonstration purposes would cause saving of 5,011 to 5,846 metric ton of wood and reduction of 7,617 to 8,686 metric tons CO2, said a press release issued here.
Addressing the ceremony, she said that adoption of these stoves would help to save forest from degradation, reduce deforestation and contribute into mitigation of negative impacts caused by changes in climate, adding that it would also protect eyes and lungs from smoke through using wood in conventional and reduce cost and timing of cooking.
The minister said that it was not the first time to distribute the fuel efficient stoves. The project has already distributed 300 fuel efficient stoves in 2019 in the same landscape in Punjab.
She said that the objective of the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) was to promote sustainable forest management in Pakistan's western Himalayan temperate coniferous forests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, sub-tropical broadleaved evergreen thorn (scrub) and Chir Pine Forests in Punjab Riverine Forests in Sindh for biodiversity conservation, mitigation of climate change and securing of forests ecosystem services. - APP