The Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), the Simalaha Community Conservancy (SCC) and the African Stove Company (TASC)


Simahala, Zambia

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Due to deforestation and land degradation, Zambia ranks among the world’s highest greenhouse gas emitters. The use of charcoal, rampant logging, the expansion of small-scale farming and open-fire cooking all contribute to this problem. A cookstove programme significantly reduces local deforestation for cooking purposes, lowers indoor pollution, boosts health and air quality in households, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.


In partnership with Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) and the Simahala Community Conservancy (SCC), and supported by The African Stove Company (TASC), Commonland developed ‘Trees to the People’. This carbon credits programme inspires people to move from traditional open-fire cooking to clean and energy-efficient cookstoves in domestic households and communities in the Simalaha Community Conservancy, Zambia. The cookstoves also produce carbon credits for the community. After the sale of carbon credits, part of the proceeds is allocated to the trust to finance (restoration and community) projects selected by the local communities.

What happened in 2020?

By the end of December 2020, over 5,000 cookstoves were distributed. Eventually, the programme aims to distribute 10,000 free cookstoves among Simahala households by mid-2021. 


The partnership has created a model to optimise the number of carbon credits produced per stove. These are monitored by trained field workers, creating jobs in a region marked by high unemployment. In the course of 2020, the Cookstove project has generated 40 jobs for local people as well as investments in the local economy to support the project operationalization. More cookstoves means more carbon credits to fund more community projects. Building on the success of the cookstoves project we are rolling out reforestation and education activities.


The use of cookstoves provides social, natural & financial capital to communities, giving them hope and a sense of purpose for happier and healthier families, a cleaner environment and a thriving ecosystem.


Community engagement in Luponjani village.