Microsol organized the side-event: ´´Towards sectorial approaches for clean cooking: initiatives from Latin America´´ in the Peruvian Pavilion at the COP21 Venue.

Friday, December 4th. Microsol in partnership with the Latin American Network for Clean Cookstoves (http://redcocinasoestufaslimpias.blogspot.pe/) organized and hosted the event “Towards sectorial approaches for clean cooking: initiatives from Latin America”, featuring presentations from two initiatives in Latin America, one regional expert in health and an international expert in climate financing. The objective was to gather actors involved in clean cooking projects to showcase the current context and emerging opportunities for Latin America.

Arthur Laurent from Microsol opened the event with welcoming words for the speakers and attendants to the event, emphasizing the importance of identifying “champions” in the field to determine sectoral strategies. These strategias should suit for national conditions and allow stakeholders to take advantage of lessons learned by other actors.

To start the presentations, Pilar Nores from the NGO “Instituto Trabajo y Familia” (Peru) shared the strategies of the “Sembrando” program for mass dissemination of improved cookstoves. She highlighted the importance of carbon certification for projects follow-up and financing the maintenance of the stoves.

Then, Alberto Galan from “Patrimonio Natural” (Colombia) presented a pilot project based on a territorial conservation strategy; he clarified the opportunity to link up with national compensation strategies which will be developed in the coming months.

After the regional actors’ interventions, Tim Reutemann from DTU UNEP commented on the opportunities to leverage resources for clean cookstoves from funds such as the "Nama Facility" and the "Green Climate Fund".

Finally, Agnes Soares of the Pan American Health Organization stated that the guidelines of the World Health Organization define an ideal future which requires a technological progression that takes into account health aspects.

Among the attendees was Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, who saluted the progress made in Latin America and the dynamism of the Latin American Network. In her address to the attendees, Muthiah spoke of the need to ensure that the climate and renewable energy funds have provisions for clean cooking. She also recalled that at the recent meeting of the United Nations in New York, a similar objective was achieved by integrating clean cooking into the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in the 7th goal on access to energy.

To conclude the event Arthur Laurent thanked the attendees for their participation and noted that the event featured some of the key elements for a sectoral approach to clean cooking.