WWF launches campaign to build a 'Biogas Village' in Nepal

Photo courtesy to WWF, Nepal
Photo courtesy to WWF, Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal-World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Music For Relief (MFR) launched a campaign to raise necessary funds to provide an entire village in Nepal access to clean, green biogas technology.

Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, MFR is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. MFR will reward supporters who raise funds for the campaign with a chance to win tickets to see Linkin Park at a small, private performance in Las Vegas in January.

A segment of Power the World (an initiative that brings together Linkin Park, MFR and the UN Secretary-General that seeks to bring sustainable energy solutions to one million people), the “clean cookstove” campaign follows the success of other campaigns including providing solar lights in Haiti, solar suitcases in Uganda, and the SOCCKET in South America.

“We are encouraged by the efforts of Linkin Park and Music For Relief to help deliver this simple yet effective technology to the local communities in the Terai Arc Landscape,” said Mr. Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “We hope that people see the value in this campaign and be part of the solution that transforms people’s lives in Nepal.”

“It’s exciting to find a solution that helps on multiple levels,” said Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell of Linkin Park. “The clean, biogas cookstoves WWF is implementing will improve families’ health, keep women and children safer and protect the environment. We hope our supporters will join us in providing technology for those living in the Terai in Nepal.”

More than eight million people call the Terai Arc Landscape in Nepal home, and many cannot afford electricity, and must rely on large quantities of wood for cooking and other needs. On average, each person in the Terai region uses up to 2,000 pounds of wood per year, resulting in massive clear cutting of trees that yields serious consequences for both people and wildlife.

Biogas offers a straightforward, cost-effective solution. Human and animal waste is processed to produce methane that burns with a bright blue flame. Constructing methane from waste protects forests and the valuable habitat for the species that live there. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions – a win-win for Nepali communities.

MFR and WWF are partners of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership working to create a global market for clean cooking solutions. Each organization is committed to fulfilling the objectives of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which calls for universal energy access by 2030.


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