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Cablegate: Ethiopian Ngo Wins Sustainable Development Award

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SUBJECT: ETHIOPIAN NGO WINS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

REF: ADDIS 189

SUMMARY
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1. (U) The Ashden Trust awarded its 2008 Sustainable Development
award to the Gaia Association of Ethiopia, a U.S.-supported
organization providing ethanol-burning stoves to refugee camps in
Ethiopia's Somali region. Through financial assistance from the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ambassador's Self Help
Fund, and concerted advocacy support from Embassy Addis Ababa's
Refugee Coordinator, Regional Environmental Officer, and Commercial
Section, Gaia has provided 1,700 ethanol stoves to Somali refugees
and secured reliable access to Ethanol to expand its reach. The
Ashden Award's USD 40,000 grant will allow Gaia to continue the
project and grow the technology. End summary.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY REPRIEVE
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2. (U) In a country where wood and charcoal fuels over 80 percent of
household cooking stoves, a non-wood cook stove promises security on
numerous fronts. Gathering wood often puts women and girls at risk
for assault, rape and violence, and degrades Ethiopia's fragile
environment. Smoky biomass fires also contribute to widespread
respiratory diseases throughout the country. The Gaia Association's
stoves leverage the ethanol by-product from Ethiopia's sugar
production to provide an environmentally sustainable, clean burning
alternative to Ethiopian hosted refugees. Finally, a country-wide
shift to ethanol stoves serves to further safeguard long-threatened
forest biodiversity in Ethiopia. The Gaia stove, with its relatively
small ethanol footprint on the environment, features
incontrovertible benefits.

USG SUPPORT FOR GAIA
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3. (U) In 2006-2007, PRM provided over USD 10,000 to Gaia through
the Taft Fund for Refugees (formerly the Ambassador's Fund for
Refugees) to purchase stoves and fuel for refugees in the Kebribeyah
Refugee Camp, where women and girls are the primary fuel wood
gatherers. Two successive Ambassador's Self-Help Fund grants as well
as assistance from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and private
donor funds helped Gaia to purchase stoves and the ethanol needed to
fuel them. Faced with uncertain ethanol supplies from Ethiopian
Government (GoE) sugar producers, Gaia requested Embassy advocacy to
secure reliable ethanol supplies. A concerted effort by Post's
RefCoord, REO, and Commercial Officer proved successful in securing
a GoE commitment to reliably supply Gaia. Milkyas Debebe, Managing
Director of Gaia, thanked the Embassy for lobbying the GoE to secure
ethanol allocations, stating that Gaia would not have been
successful without such support.

COMMENT
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5. (U) Post is proud to have partnered with such an innovative and
successful organization. Gaia has already had a positive impact on
the environment, as well as the health and safety of refugees. The
Ashden Award will empower Gaia to continue its work throughout
Ethiopia. End Comment.


YAMAMOTO

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