Posted on 26 January 2018
"Mitsitsy mba haharitra », save, so it will last ; by using eco-stoves.
"Mitsitsy mba haharitra. Ndao hampiasa fatana mitsitsy "(Save, so it will last, by using eco-stoves). It is the strong message that WWF is launching in 2018 to encourage Malagasy people to save their forest in their everyday life. Indeed, Madagascar's forest is one of the richest biodiversity hotspot in the world, habitat to unique plants and animals not found anywhere else.
Forests are essential for living. Globally, they play a crucial role in the prevention against global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In Madagascar, they generate the water cycle needed for farming, they provide medicinal plants, wood for house building, for cooking...
However, deforestation, linked to charcoal production, is one of the main causes of biodiversity and habitat loss in Madagascar. And yet charcoal is a daily need of Malagasy households. 98% of the population depends on this resource for cooking.
But how to ensure charcoal needs and forests and biodiversity preservation all at once? By using "fatana mitsitsy" or "kamado" eco-stoves or opting by other eco-cooking or eco-fuel alternatives. There you have how each of us can contribute on a daily basis. Indeed, the use of improved stoves can reduce the consumption of charcoal or wood by up to 50%. And not only the forests will benefit from it, but we will be also able to save money!
A household of about six people using a traditional stove consumes today around 50 kg of charcoal per month, but a the same household using an eco-stoves consumes about 25kg. Thus, the household can save about 20 kg of charcoal per month contributing to save about 6 trees each month and saving 7,000 Ariary that could be allocate to other expenses.
Connect to earth
To spread the message to the public, raising awareness activities in school and other public places and a “Eco-Master Chef” contest will be organized in Antananarivo, Ambilobe, Andapa, Morondava and Toliara. Along with the Meteorology service, the Ministry of Energy and about thirty environnemental organizations in Madagascar, the activities will be held up to the 24th
of March, when "Earth Hour" celebration will mark the highlights of this raising awareness campaign.
"This year, more than 100 countries around the world will celebrate "Earth hour", under the theme" Connect to earth". Therefore, we thought of connecting Malagasy people to earth by using eco-stoves. It is an easy and simple way that benefits our fellow citizens and nature, and to which everyone can contribute to" explains Mialisoa Raharimanana, WWF's campaign leader.
Stay in tune on WWF Madagascar Facebook or on our website about the coming activities
Save the northern forest with “eco-stoves”
Knowing that transport of eco-stoves is not always obvious in some parts of island, a crowdfunding was launched this January to finance the shipment of 750 stoves to the Northern Highlands forests of Madagascar, home to an exceptional biodiversity.
With a target of $ 5,000, the crowdfunding will allow us to send and sell to an advantageous price this improved stoves to the people living around these forests. Help us saving these exceptional forests by contributing or sharing this crowdfunding initiative.
And spread the message: "Mitsitsy mba haharitra" (Save, so it will last), connect to earth!