ADES - Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire Suisse - Madagascar

Project title

Solar cookers in Madagascar

Project Teaser

ADES promotes energy-efficient ovens and solar cookers in Madagascar to fight deforestation. In addition, for each ADES device sold, 2 trees are planted in a project initiated and controlled by ADES. Each device saves, on average, 0.5 hectares of woodland.

Active countries

Key Figures

Project Results

310'000 seedlings planted

Vegetation type

More than 80 different types of local plants

Climate conditions

50% Mountain forest / hardleaved forest with rainy and dry periods. Temperature not below 0 degrees Celsius + 50% dry bush vegetation. Dry and hot. Danger of desertification.

Funding Sources

Funding Government
Funding Internal
Funding Religious groups
Funding International Aid
Funding Private Sponsoring
Funding Inhabitants


ADES Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire Suisse - Madagascar
Organisation contact
Regula Ochsner
+41 43 466 60 50
Contact E-mail
Im Grindel 6
Postal code


ADES,  Association pour le Développement de l'Energie Solaire Suisse - Madagascar, runs a seedling distribution and planting program that complements its core activity of promoting cleaner cooking methods in Madagascar.

Since 2001, ADES has been working in Madagascar, a place of unique fauna and flora where circa 90% of the forests have been deforested or burnt. A big part of this comes from the domestic usage of wood for cooking.

ADES promotes the usage of solar cookers and energy-efficient ovens, as an ecologic and efficient alternative, and contributes to local development and environmental protection. Their program was the first Gold Standard certified solar cooker/climate project worldwide, where each ADES solar cooker provides an annual saving of 3 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

ADES operates nine production and sales centres throughout Madagascar, where vocational trainings and internships also take place. The devices are also sold through a network of local resellers, trained to be qualified and reliable business partners and representatives.

To make people aware of the issue, ADES runs information sessions on the benefits and use of energy-efficient stoves as well as on climate and environmental protection. The ADES school team also informs children and young people in primary and secondary schools about the consequences of deforestation for soil, water, ecosystem and climate and motivates them to protect the island's unique flora and fauna.

To help regenerating the deforested areas, a replanting program with mixed local species was also initiated. For each device sold, 2 seedlings are planted, leading to a total of about 310’000 plants so far.

Partnerships & Collaborations

sustinova logo

Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich organised the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9, 2018.

Reforestation World collaborated with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.