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  • Writer's pictureMarilyn Smith


Updated: Apr 22, 2022

In rural Armenia, people are deeply conscious of the value of forests for things like being a source of food and protecting the ground from erosion, particularly when the snow melts after long, cold winters.

But they also rely heavily on wood for heating their homes, cooking and doing other household chores. With no natural gas connections and little access to renewable energy sources, they turn to what they see out the window – trees and dung – even as forests disappear before their eyes.

In a podcast exploring the energy transition in Armenia, EnAct learns that while collecting wood and preparing dung account for a substantial amount of men’s time, traditional knowledge and family roles mean women are the day-to-day ‘managers’ of household energy – a role that leave them ‘time poor’.

Taking an ‘energy cultures approach’, Alyssa Bougie, an M.Sc. Graduate in Landscape Ecology from the University of Hohenheim (Germany) surveyed >200 rural homes to understand their energy knowledge, habits and norms.

A key challenge, according to Astghine Pasoyan, Executive Director of the Energy Saving Foundation, is that traditional knowledge and family roles make it difficult to introduce new technologies or more sustainable practices.

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