Transforming lives through efficient energy technologies and restoration of degraded lands in the Tea landscape of Darjeeling
Most households in tea garden villages are dependent on fuelwood from the surrounding forests for their cooking needs. The local supply of LPG cylinders is expensive to procure. In view of these energy use issues, popularising clean wood burning stoves, which require less fuelwood and improve indoor air quality, reduce the drudgery of fuelwood collection and reduce environmental disturbance.
The overall objective is 1. to build resilience in the livelihoods of people, targeting women by promoting ICS through training and demonstration and enhancing the capacity of local institutions to adopt nature-based enterprises and linking with markets and 2. to restore degraded and marginal land so that these contribute to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services.