JGI: Saving Trees and Chimpanzees While Improving Health

 

As part of its work to preserve chimpanzee habitat and improve the lives of local communities in Africa, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) promotes the use of and trains local community members on how to construct fuel-efficient, cleaner stoves.   Those trained in the construction of fuel-efficient stoves pass on their knowledge by training others in stove construction. 
 
In 2011, JGI trained 690 people in 27 villages on the construction of fuel-efficient stoves.  
 
In the past two years alone, more than 10,650 fuel-efficient stoves have been constructed.
 
Fuel-efficient stoves require much less wood than a typical stove and thereby produce less smoke, reducing the incidence of respiratory illness.  Acute Respiratory Infection is among the leading causes of disease and death in Tanzania and, in particular, in the Kigoma region where JGI works.
 
By requiring less wood than traditional stoves, in addition to improving public health, fuel-efficient stoves save community members the time needed to collect wood and the money required to purchase additional fuel.  Ultimately, the stoves help slow deforestation and, subsequently, reduce pressure on chimpanzee habitat.
 
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