Instituto de Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Energias Renováveis (IDER)


IDER, the Institute for Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy, is an NGO located in Fortaleza, Brazil, and has been successfully working over ten years in several northeastern and northern states. Its work is based on the concept of sustainable development, environment awareness and participation of population in the decision making process to foster rational growth through measures that address the present and future needs of the people and the planet. IDER carried out some research on efficient stoves, indoor pollution and fire wood consumption in the northeastern region of Brazil. While fuel-efficient stoves are effectively disseminated in many developing countries, they are almost totally ignored in Brazil. Health problems related to smoke exposure have never been addressed by governmental prevention programs, although statistics revealed a significant increase of Acute Lower Respiraory Infections (ALRI), allergies and ophthalmic illnesses, in particular of women and children. Only for cooking purposes, approximately 6000 ton of wood are burned per day in the northeastern region of Brazil. No entity from whatever kind has assumed an attitude to solve one or the other cause by introducing efficient cook stoves. Financed by GVEP International through the GAPFund, IDER has now started the first pilot project to disseminate hundred efficient cook stoves in 3 rural communities with emphasis on health impact research and recuperation of native vegetation.

Organization Type Non-Governmental Organization

Contact Information

Primary Contact
Mr. Jögdieter Anhalt
Secondary Contact
Mr. Humberto Leite

Address Rua Júlio Siqueira, 581 Dionísio Torres
Fortaleza, Ceará
Phone 55-85-3247-6506
Fax 55-85-3247-6296
Calling/Fax Instructions

Our Focus

Primary Initiatives, Target Populations, and Scope of Work:

IDER is working at present only in the northeastern rural region of Brazil. The target population is living under subsistence condition and almost all families depend on fuel wood for cooking purposes. At the moment our initiatives are focused on working in the northeastern and northern states of Brazil. However, because of the importance of curbing respiratory diseases and reducing fuel wood consumption on a larger scale, efforts are undertaken on a national level to include governmental entities responsible for health and environment in the discussion. We are in the early stages of intervention. During our pilot project we will identify our future needs and in which area we should concentrate our efforts.

Fuels/Technologies: Biogas
Efficient cookstoves
Sectors of Experience: Agriculture
Renewable Energy
Countries of Operation: Mexico

Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas

Social/Cultural barriers to using traditional fuels and stoves:

Brazilians, in general, are open minded about new technologies. Nevertheless, complete understanding of the local culture, cooking habits and food preparation is of crucial importance. Careful introduction of improved cooking technologies, along with training and proper guidance are necessary. The health benefits are easily understood by the households and hands on demonstration is more effective than directly introducing a new technology.

Market development for improved cooking technologies:

Our approach is based on locally constructed stoves and its parts. We do not believe in large scale mass production from central manufacturers. The fortification of local metal shops and bricklayers in an already weak market environment is our goal. This also gives the local population the option to choose between several dealers.

Technology standardization for cooking, heating and ventilation:

None noted

Indoor air pollution exposure and health monitoring:

We have no means and no financial potential to perform in-depth research. However, the baseline data and follow-up monitoring will give us preliminary indicators about the health improvement of the population.

Relevant Publications or Studies

None noted

Our Contribution to the Partnership

We would like to participate in this global network to share experience and search for assistance in areas where we are still novices. Brazil has no experience in fuel efficient stove dissemination. We would like to learn about other programs and share our findings.