Qori Q’oncha programme to resume the field activities.

The Qori Q’oncha Programme resumes field activities

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After the pandemic produced by COVID-19, 2021 was an important year for the Qori Q’oncha programme to resume the field activities.

Year of challenges and achievements

2020 was a challenging year for many reasons, but last year ended on a high note for our improved cookstove programme, Qori Q’oncha. Last December, our programme received the Antonio Brack Egg National Environmental Award presented by Peru’s Ministry of the Environment in the Nature category. This category recognizes outstanding climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives. The winners were chosen after a rigorous selection process by the evaluation committee and representatives from the Ministry.

Months later, in August of this year, Qori Q’oncha received the “Peru for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” award in the Planet category. This award, organized by KPMG, the United Nations, and Sustainable Peru, aims to identify and reward those organizations aligned with and contribute to the fulfillment of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. Peru for the SDGs is an award born as part of Sustainable Peru, an initiative that seeks to achieve the 2030 Agenda, the SDGs, and inspire action around them.

Resuming activities on the field

As in most territories, the Peruvian government imposed heavy restrictions that immobilized the population for most of last year. As a result, field activities in the various regions were suspended. However, at the beginning of 2021, our local partner, ITYF, resumed field activities to comply with the seventh verification process. The verification process corresponds to when new carbon credits are issued. These, in turn, are equal to the reduction of emissions calculated by using the improved cookstoves in each community.

In June, we finished updating the lists of the programme’s beneficiaries. Notwithstanding, it is unfortunate to mention that due to COVID-19, we have seen a reduction in the number of beneficiaries. This is due to several reasons. The first is because immobilization restrictions caused many of them to migrate to city centers to be closer to their relatives. The second is because many of the elderly relatives died from the virus.

Microsol also visited the communities in June to carry out the audit for the seventh verification. The audit consists of visiting the communities of a consultant who works with the international certifier Gold Standard. Once the audit is finished, all the information collected is sent to the certifier for verification, and the corresponding carbon credits can be issued.

The corresponding information was already sent to the Gold Standard for certification at the end of this year. Subsequently, the results of the seventh verification are expected by the middle of next year, along with the issuance of the corresponding carbon credits. These credits will help the communities in Peru have the necessary support and keep the programme sustainable.

 

“Thanks to my new cookstove, I dont have to spend as much time collecting firewood and have more time to dedicate to agriculture”

Felicitas Cordova Torres

Casaorcco Community, Ayacucho – Peru

 

 

 

Next verification

Microsol is currently closing the seventh verification to begin work on the eighth verification in 2022.

Nevertheless, our partner ITYF has already started field activities to complete the eighth verification. The first monitoring campaign was carried out in October. Monitoring campaigns consist of qualitative and quantitative surveys to measure firewood consumption from a representative sample group of beneficiaries. It is important to mention that the monitoring campaign in October corresponds to the dry season. Another campaign will be carried out in the rainy season during the first months of 2022.

With these data, the information is systematized, and the number of emission reductions is calculated. Then, following the same process used for the seventh verification, an auditor will visit the communities. After this process, Microsol prepares the information to send to Gold Standard for certification. These last stages are planned for 2023 after concluding the monitoring campaigns scheduled for next year.

Ensuring the sustainability of our programmes has always been our primary objective. However, despite this year’s achievements, there are still many challenges for families in Peru living in rural communities. Given the difficulties encountered in the field in recent years, we need the support of people and organizations conscious of the climate crisis and that the most vulnerable are rural communities.

If this is you and if you are looking for a way to help these families and contribute to reducing the global carbon footprint, write to us at partnerships@microsol-int.com.

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