The main aim of this project is the reduction of GHG emissions from the unsustainable uses of wood for building and energy purposes in Northern Areas and Chitral. It will improve the household economies and health in the Northern Areas and Chitral through efficient use of fuel wood and Energy Efficient housing construction technologies.
The project intends to curb degradation of Northern Areas and Chitral forest and decrease in CO2 emissions resulting from excessive use of timber and fuel wood for house construction and household energy use. This aim will be achieved through promotion and assistance to local communities to reduce dependence on forest products by installing and adopting energy and efficient housing and technological (EE&HI) products, such as fuel efficient stoves, water warming facility, floor installation, roof-hatch window etc. in improving their built environment and socio- economic conditions. Development of market-support mechanism and a policy enabling environment to facilitate broad-based opportunity of installation and use of these EE&HI products, especially at the regional level, will also be part of the project intervention for long term social and environmental sustainability and reduction of GHG, thereby reducing pressure on forest resources, maintaining and enhancing carbon sinks, and improving the forest productivity, ecological services and biodiversity.
Manuals on manufacturing and installation of energy efficient and home-improvement (EE&HI) products have been finalized for the use of local communities and entrepreneurs.
Project Communications and Awareness Strategy developed for the promotion of EE&HI products at wider scale by local communities.
Training Needs Assessments have been conducted to institutionalize the planned training in two formal institutions (Karakoram International University and Institute of Professional Development).
Training on new retrofitting and EE&HI technologies conducted for 19 engineers working with local communities.
A skill enhancement training organized for carpenters, masons and tin-smiths.
Recommendation for Development of Building Codes and Construction. Adaption and implementation of these codes will result in major reduction in GHG emissions. Demo building constructed as prototypes to monitor the impact of standards on energy efficiency.
Development of comprehensive EE Marketing Strategy and Implementation Plan is in progress.
EE and HI products have been installed in 174 households. This has led to the replication of these products in 1,266 households.
Development of hazard assessment and integrated land planning assessment plan is in progress