Capacity Building on Bio Briquette Technology

ICIMOD and the Institute of Technical and Skill Development (ITSD) arranged a two-day Training of Trainers on Bio Briquetting at two locations in Pakistan for 70 candidates (both male and female) from 23 May to 26 May 2016. The training was funded and technically assisted by ICIMOD. The purpose of the training was to enhance the skills and capacities of youth in Karim Abad and Soost in relation to bio briquetting technology. 

The Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) and Kunjerav Villagers Organization (KVO) selected the 70 candidates from the Karim Abad and Soost valleys. Master trainers from ITSD, Danin, Chitral, provided the training, which included both theoretical demonstration and practical work. The starting session was chaired by Secretary of Forest, Wildlife, and Environment, Sajjad Haider.

At the end of the training, the participants were awarded training completion certificates as well as tool kits so that they might practice the technologies they learnt about in their respective villages/areas and further train people on this beneficial technology. Through this training activity, bio briquetting technology has been disseminated at the grass-roots level in the valleys of Hunza and Soost, providing a feasible alternative to fuelwood, which is costly and poses a threat to the environment. Projects implemented on the ground.