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WWF, Partners Launch Survey on Clean Cooking in GVL

WWF in Uganda together with Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility (EMLI) have commissioned a survey on clean and modern energy cooking solutions in the districts of Kisoro, Mitoma and Rubirizi. The purpose of the survey is to provide reliable and comprehensive baseline data and information on clean and modern energy cooking solutions in Greater Virunga Landscape (GVL).

According to the to the coordinator for Climate, Energy and Extractives at WWF Uganda, Yona Turinayo, the survey will generate adequate and reliable data and information on cooking solutions; identify and profile existing clean cooking technologies and fuels. The survey shall also document public perceptions of and responses to new energy cooking technologies in the context of reliability, affordability and social-cultural aspects as well as identify issues for advocacy on clean cooking energy solutions.

“Significant collaborative efforts in tackling the issue of clean cooking is key for us at WWF and we believe that access to clean and modern cooking energy is a fundamental human right and a crucial component of sustainable development,” he said.

The meeting of the survey inception report held at Kolping hotel in Kampala attracted a diverse array of national and sub-national actors involved in the promotion of clean cooking solutions in Uganda.

Among them were members of the Greater Virunga Multi-Stakeholder Climate Change Platform, local government officials, government ministries, agencies, and departments, private sector entities, indigenous communities such as the Batwa, and civil society networks including the Renewable Energy CSO Network, Environment and Natural Resources CSO Network, and Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC).

While speaking at the meeting, Jaliah Namubiru- EMLI official, stated that despite more than three decades of interventions in the renewable energy sector in Uganda, SNV (2014) estimates that approximately only 10 percent of the population is accessing clean energy for cooking and this survey will help to fix all the gaps moving forward.

WWF in Uganda aims to Support governments, private sector and local communities to move towards a low carbon and climate resilient future through reducing forest degradation, adopting nature-based solutions, and increasing access to inclusive energy solutions.

EMLI with financial support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through WWF Uganda is implementing the civil society capacity strengthening for improved climate & natural resources governance Project. The project aims to strengthen the voice of civil society in climate and natural resources governance in Uganda.
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