Climate Smart Communities
In the dry western highlands of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, families prepare food over traditional open fires, consuming far more wood than they would with a stove. Cooking this way not only results in greater deforestation, it also results in greater carbon emissions and causes families smoke-related health problems.
With the support of Climate Smart Commitment from Rick Steves’ Europe, PCI is working to provide families with clean, efficient cookstoves, which will lower carbon emissions by 50 percent or more and dramatically reduce firewood-related deforestation and smoke-related health problems. PCI will also support community leaders as they start the reforesting process by providing tree seedlings, and increase food security by building drought-resistant, water-conserving gardens.
Learn more about the Climate Smart Commitment.
AfriScout: Indigenous Practices Meet Mobile Technology
In Africa, pastoralism remains a way of life where 250 million people move with their animal herds in search of fresh pasture and water. Due to the impacts of climate change and ongoing droughts, finding pasture and water is becoming increasingly difficult. On average, pastoralists are losing over a third of their herd every year, which represents roughly $3,000 in local market value.
Recognizing that data could enhance indigenous knowledge and practices, PCI created AfriScout, an app that provides pastoralists with current information on water and vegetation conditions using localized community grazing maps. This data helps them make more accurate and cost-effective migration decisions, improve pasture management, and reduce the risk of herd loss.
AfriScout helps pastoralists determine where and when to migrate or if they should delay, hasten, or forgo migrating altogether to preserve the caloric expenditure of their animals. App users can now avoid degraded pastures, leaving them fallow until they have rejuvenated enough to return, helping conserve grasses. They can also monitor past forage conditions, giving them the ability to analyze climatic changes in their local areas over time.