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Backgrounder

Canada Joins Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

From an environmental perspective, inefficient traditional cookstoves--the primary means of cooking in developing countries--are a major source of black carbon.

Black carbon (soot) is a short-lived climate pollutant that absorbs radiation causing a warming effect. It has a limited lifespan in the atmosphere so, like other short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), its effects are more time-limited than those of longer-lived climate pollutants, like carbon dioxide.

This $1.7M over two years funding is part of Canada’s historic contribution of $1.2 billion in fast-start financing, which will significantly contribute to developing countries’ efforts to undertake climate change mitigation efforts and to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change. Measures include support for capacity building, technology transfer and reducing emissions from deforestation.

Government of Canada funding will be focused on countries and regions in Africa and Latin America that are severely impacted by the negative climatic, environmental and health effects of short-lived climate pollutants caused by cookstove use.

Canadian funding will build on its previous initiatives in Latin America that have helped to combat deforestation and forest degradation as well as high the instance of respiratory diseases, such as asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis and certain types of cancer.