The Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies has been partnering with the UNDP, GEF and World Bank in delivering the Sustainable Fuelwood Management project since 2018. The project’s focus is on improving the livelihood of women and men, including promoting better access to affordable fuel wood essential for everyday sustainability. The project has thus far focused on Kaduna, Delta and Cross River States. In 2019, CGSPS facilitated the delivery of gender sensitive training in fuelwood management with the use of improved cookstoves. Improved cookstoves offer a wide range of benefits for women and men who use them in the targeted communities. Participants, having learnt about health and economic benefits of using the improved cookstoves were encouraged to become ambassadors of a healthier lifestyle for more persons in their communities by marketing and selling the cookstoves, increasing their finances in the process.
In 2019, the project focused on training the participants on nursery and woodlot establishment to tackle deforestation and climate change. As humans harvest wood for fuel, deforestation through haphazard felling of trees further worsen climate crises, reducing oxygen levels and depriving some species of their natural habitats. The project therefore trained women and men on gender sensitive approaches to tackling climate change through woodlot and nursery establishments to promote tree planting and afforestation.