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Baseline Survey on Fuel Wood Consumption for Household Cooking in Four Districts of Bangladesh

The CCDB is currently implementing a project titled “Emission reduction and poverty alleviation in Bangladesh through capacity development of CCDB and preparation of Countrywide Improved Cook Stove (ICS) carbon program” with financial support from Bread for the World (BftW), a development organisation from Germany. The program started in January 2015 and will continue until December 2017. The project will be implemented in four coastal districts: Barguna, Bagerhat, Satkhira and Barisal. 

An important component of the program is to determine empirically the fuelwood saving potential of a newly developed Improved Cook Stove (ICS) in the project area by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) championed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Gold Standard (GS) rules and guidelines. It is imperative to mention that CDM and GS are two international certification schemes that establish and monitor the climate performance (i.e. the reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions) of the projects implemented in developing countries. In this context, a Baseline Survey of fuel wood consumption by the households for cooking in four districts mentioned above is a prerequisite for determining the current level of use of fuel wood and its corresponding energy equivalents at the household level. The baseline estimations will help to estimate empirically the reduction of fuel wood consumption by the households as a result of the use of ICS supplied by the project at the end of the project.

The specific objectives of the baseline survey are following:

1. Determine the average fuel wood consumption for household cooking in Satkhira, Barguna, Bagerhat, and Barisal Districts.

2. Parameter of interest: mean daily fuel wood consumption per household

3. Survey method: Kitchen Performance Test (KPT), to be conducted at two time periods (summer and winter) in each household on four consecutive days (i.e. capturing 3 days of fuel wood consumption)

Research Team: Dr. Kazi Ali Toufique (Study Director) and Tahreen Tahrima Chowdhury

Sponsor: Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB) 

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