This month we bring you updates from our presentation at the 13th World Congress on Public Health, the launch of the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and Harry Stokes' nomination for the 2012 World Bioenergy Award!
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PGI Nigeria Director Joe Obueh and Nigerian government and private sector supporters represented the ethanol cookstove and fuel movement in Nigeria at the launch of the NACC. Left: Friday Etunum of AG Leventis, Toyin Bamikole of Zenith Agroethanol, Dr. Joe Okpaku, Joe Obueh of PGI and Dr. J.J Oritsejafor.

Project Gaia, Inc. Executive Director Harry Stokes will compete as a World Bioenergy Leader Finalist at the May 2012 Conference!

What's New in April?

Project Gaia Presents at the Official Launch of Nigerian Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves 


The Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (NACC) is part of the global effort to improve access to clean cooking technology and fuels, focusing on the 90 million Nigerians that depend on polluting solid biomass fuels each day. The launch took place in Abuja on 20 March 2012.  

The keynote address was presented by Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Washington DC - based Global Alliance for CleanCookstoves. Other speakers included the Ministers of Women Affairs, the Environment, and Health. Project Gaia Nigeria Director Mr. Joe Obueh attended as a cookstove Implenting Partner, and was accompanied by a group comprising of ethanol consultants, producers, entrepreneurs and Government officials dedicated to brining clean alcohol fuels to Nigeria.

Mr. Joe Obueh presented on the vertically integrated strategy of microdistilleries plus stoves which PGI’s is successfully implementing in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Haiti to address the issues of ethanol availability and sustainability.  Project Gaia is currently working in Nigeria to facilitate a community-owned efficient microdistillery (EMD) project to produce ethanol for cooking from cassava and discarded cashew fruit. For more information, please click


Project Gaia Team Presents at the 13th World Congress on Public Health, Addis Ababa Ethiopia 

A team of Project Gaia colleagues and partners will present the session "Reducing the Burden of Indoor Air Pollution," on April 27, 2012 at the 13th World Congress on Public Health. The teams includes Wubshet Tadele, Managing Director of Gaia Association, Fiona Lambe, Research Fellow at SEI, Kirstie Jagoe, Independent Household Energy Consultant, Megan Graham, Researcher at University of Georgia, and Dr. Abera Kumie of Addis Ababa University.  The diverse presenting team has conducted and participated in some of the leading research on Indoor Air Quality and stove design and adoption. Please click here to see session agenda.   

Project Gaia Executive Director Harry Stokes Selected As A Final Nominee for the 2012 World Bioenergy Award  

PGI Executive Director Harry Stokes has joined the Finalist Nominees for The  2012 World Bioenergy Award. Each year, this award is granted to a business leader, politician or researcher who in a crucial way has furthered the development of the bioenergy sector. Harry was also honored as a Finalist in the 2010 World Bioenergy Exhibition. Harry Stokes has been recognized by World Bioenergy for his dedication to advancing global access to alcohol fuels, and making clean, sustainable energy available to all households that struggle to cook a daily meal.  

Harry will present Project Gaia's work with ethanol stoves and fuel at the Conference and Exhibition for Biomass and Energy, May 29-31 in Jonkoping Sweden. Click
here to read about Harry and the other World Bioenergy Finalists!    

Gaia Association/SEI "Fuel from Waste" Project Featured in NEFCO Climate Finance Report

The Nordic Climate Facility-funded "Fuel from Waste" project, currently in early stages of implementation in Addis Ababa, was featured as case study in the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation. Click here to read the one-page case study. 

Stovers at Duke!

Project Gaia supporters at Duke University are holding a fundraiser on April 20 - Earth Day- to support Gaia's work in Haiti and beyond. This is the third fundraiser organized by the students at the Nicholas School for the Environment! Click here or reply to this newsletter if you are interested in organizing a fundraiser in your school, workplace or community.

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Our Addis team is working on a stove demonstration video. We will let you know when it is available!

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