The Cambodian Rural Development Team plan to install 15 biodigestors, providing rural families along the central strip of the Mekong with a clean and renewable source of energy for lighting & cooking.
The villages lie along the Mekong between Kratie and Stung Treng in Cambodia. The inhabitants are subsistence farmers who depend heavily on the area’s diminishing natural resources. Their proximity and reliance on a huge area of natural forest, wildlife and the remaining habitats of the critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphin, means that providing the technology to produce clean, renewable energy will end the need for non-sustainable timber, help protect the environment & reduce climate change.
We fit a waste-to-energy technology called a biodigestor, train people to use it, and show how to use the organic fertilizer by-product with vegetable gardens. All of our activities are carried out beside an ongoing environmental education program.
The project will give 15 families the waste-to-energy technology to reduce timber cut from the forests and the ability to boil water, purifying it. Pollution of the Dolphin habitats is reduced and there are health benefits for all.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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What is a Biodigestor? Video from Koh Pdao
BBC article about CRDT's work saving dolphins
Information on the stunning site of this project