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August 22. 2016

SAFE Humanitarian Working Group

Biogas Taita is honoured to have been accepted as an associate member of the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy Humanitarian Working group, working closely with the UN. We are part of their monthly conference call with NGOs accross the world to discuss, share and give our input. Furthermore, issues can be raised and discussed in smaller groups offline. Biogas Taita is happy to be able to learn, share and give input into this important forum.

Safe and sustainable access to energy is being increasingly recognized as a human right—essential for the safety, well-being, and productivity of the people the humanitarian community serves. It is also essential for social and economic development, offering opportunities for improved lives and economic progress.

Because of the cross-cutting nature of energy use and access, SAFE seeks to combine improved technologies, alternative fuels, and livelihood and environmental activities to:

  • Provide emergency support for cooking, lighting, heating, and powering needs to ensure the safety and well-being of displaced people, especially women and girls who are typically the most vulnerable during crises;
  • Help to shift communities away from dangerous and destructive dependence on woodfuel and towards healthier and more sustainable options;
  • Reduce exposure to risk of gender-based violence and other threats faced primarily by women and girls during firewood collection and while navigating communal areas of the camp (e.g. latrines) at night; and
  • Reduce the negative health impacts of household air pollution from burning solid fuels in enclosed spaces for cooking, lighting, and/or heating purposes.
  • Mitigate environmental degradation through agroforestry activities and reduced biomass consumption, contributing to disaster risk reduction and long-term food security.

Read more here about the Safe Humanitarian Working Group

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