Turning the tide in Africa’s 5000-year fight against desertification

17 June, 2019 | Oscar Lozada
Categories: Climate Change, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya

Did you know that the Sahara Desert used to be green? The vast expanse of dusty desert and blistering sand was, 9000 years ago, a lush green savannah. This period was known as the ‘Neolithic Subpluvial’, a time of mega-lakes surrounded by grasslands and wildebeest and early human settlements[1]. Then, about 5000 years ago, the… Read the full article >


Eritrea Cookstove Monitoring 2019

10 May, 2019 | Ilona
Categories: Eritrea, Improved Cookstoves

CO2balance and project partner Vita, an Irish NGO, are in the fourth year of conducting monitoring for two cookstove projects in northern Eritrea. The region in which the stoves are based is the Anseba region, named after the Anseba river which passes through the region. Majority of the region is at high altitude with varying… Read the full article >



Donkeys in Eritrea

20 February, 2019 | Ilona
Categories: Eritrea

It is not only people that benefit from access to clean water in our carbon projects! In Eritrea, donkeys are a great asset to families as they are used for fetching water, collecting wood, transportation and farming. Mrs. Miriam Belay is a house wife who lives in Adimussa, in Zoba Maekel. Her husband is a farmer… Read the full article >


Issuances in Eritrea!

12 June, 2018 | Ilona
Categories: Eritrea, Safe Water

In the last month, borehole projects in the country of Eritrea have credited over 133,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent saved! The equivalent in weight is 88 fully grown Blue Wales, the largest mammal on Earth, or 1683 heavily laden Boeing 737’s! The projects in the areas of Zoba Maekel and Zoba Debub, Eritrea generate emissions… Read the full article >



Progress in Eritrea

1 February, 2017 | co2richardstone
Categories: Eritrea, Improved Cookstoves

Since the beginning of our work in Eritrea, working together with our project partner we have moved quickly to develop a number of fantastic community-led projects across the country. Early this year, the team completed their work guiding local communities in building sustainable improved cook stoves. More than 3600 stoves have been constructed in less… Read the full article >


Eritrea site visit

19 December, 2016 | co2richardstone
Categories: Eritrea, Improved Cookstoves

This month I was lucky enough to be able to visit the fantastic projects that are being implemented in partnership with Vita, an Irish NGO. Vita are working with communities across the country to build capacity and work towards sustainable livelihoods, building efficient cook stoves and rehabilitating non-functioning boreholes. Below are a selection of photos… Read the full article >


6 New Borehole Projects Listed in Eritrea

8 July, 2016 | pierreco2
Categories: Eritrea, Safe Water

In Eritrea Co2balance and Vita are expanding in developing borehole rehabilitation offset projects. Adding to existing activities in the Maekel and Anseba District, 6 projects in the Southern District of Debub have just been listed with the Gold Standard. The projects will deliver access to clean drinking water for several dozen villages over a minimum… Read the full article >


Zoba Anseba Cookstoves: Tekea and her Award Winning Eritrean Stove

31 March, 2016 | co2ethanobrien
Categories: Case Study, Eritrea, Improved Cookstoves

Tekea Tsefagherghesh keeps her home spotlessly clean – not an easy task in Eritrea, a hot and dusty sub-Saharan country.  Tekea’s village, Adi Tekelezan, is 2,500 metres above sea level and about 40 minutes’ drive north of Eritrea’s capital Asmara. Within the low walls is the mid-sized hut that contains Tekea’s most proud possession; her… Read the full article >


Zoba Maekel, Eritrea – Completion of Borehole Repairs

30 March, 2016 | co2ethanobrien
Categories: Eritrea, Safe Water

After three months of enormous efforts our project partners Vita have successfully completed the repair and maintenance of 48 bore holes in the central region administration of Eritrea (or Zoba Maekel) This repair programme has received mass support and satisfaction from the beneficiaries that will now benefit from access to clean water across the entire district…. Read the full article >


Eritrea: Programme Report

16 February, 2016 | co2ethanobrien
Categories: Eritrea, Safe Water

Recently I had the opportunity to accompany our project partners Vita on an in country visit to Eritrea to report on the great work currently going on in country. The collaboration between Vita and co2balance continues to go from strength to strength and it impacts on the lives of Eritrean people is profound. I have… Read the full article >