WISIONS of Sustainability

The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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Meet the WISIONS Team in Bonn and Berlin!

News from WISIONS posted on May 19th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the "Bonn Climate Change Conference" (16th to 26th May 2016 in Bonn, Germany) and the "Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change" (23rd to 24th May in Berlin, Germany).Read moreMinimize

The 2016 UNFCCC climate change conference in Bonn brings together representatives of all member countries of the UNFCCC for specific meetings on implementation and other business related to climate change agreements. This year's conference will include the forty-fourth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement. Alongside the conference, many organisations organise side events intended to foster discussion and provide advice to policymakers attending the event. A list of the scheduled sessions is available here.

The 2016 Berlin Conference on Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris” is the 12th conference in the well established series of European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. The 2016 Berlin Conference was jointly initiated by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin in the context of DIE’s Klimalog project.

This year's edition discusses topics like how the Paris Agreement will affect the institutional landscape of global climate governance and which new priorities have emerged in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement and related decisions. The conference programme is available here.

Outcomes of the 2016 "Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking" Conference

News from WISIONS posted on May 12th, 2016

In April 2016, the coordinator of the RedBioLAC network, which is supported by WISIONS, participated in the Africa Biogas and Clean Cooking Conference. It was organised by Hivos, SNV, and the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity in Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.Read moreMinimize

The conference attracted around 140 participants, around 80% of which were from Africa. While biogas digestion systems for domestic use are widely established across Asia, the African continent still lacks know-how and expertise regarding these technologies.

Recently, prefabricated fixed-dome biodigesters and different kinds of tubular digesters have been experimented with, though as of now, only 5 % of the implementation potential for biogas plants in Africa is realised. The main challenges include low initial investment capacities, limited knowledge (especially regarding potential end uses of biogas and effluents), and poor quality systems.

During the conference, various sessions dealt with the potential and benefits of biogas use for cooking purposes, for urban sanitation, and communal usage. Further discussions included a market assessment of biodigesters; the question of financial accessibility; and possible adaptions of international implementation models.

A more detailed report is available at the RedBioLAC website (in Spanish only).

Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on May 9th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects aims at rebuilding infrastructure which was destroyed by an earthquake in central Nepal during April and May 2015. The second working phase of this project, which is being implemented in the Gorkha District of Nepal (the epicentre of the 7.8 M earthquake and one of the highly affected districts), has now been successfully completed.Read moreMinimize

The 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have triggered landslides and other geo-hazards causing massive destruction. This has also affected micro hydro power plants which were implemented by Practical Action in 2013 and 2014. After the earthquake, all of these MHPs became non-operational due to severe destruction. Consequently, the 14 energy-based enterprises which had been established during the project period were also no longer able to operate. 

As communities and enterpreneurs had invested money for the MHPs and enterprises, they were facing huge losses. In the first project phase, the focus was mainly on ensuring community participation and mobilization of NGO partners as well as related stakeholders to better understand rehabilitation needs of the MHPs as well as communities. In the recently completed second phase, the District Development Committee (the local government organisation responsible for planning and coordinating all development activities in the district) accepted the project as part of its annual development plan. 

Furthermore, a detailed feasibility study of 6 MHPS was carried out to determine the reconstruction needs. Based on this study an expert team of consultants developed a detailed earthquake-resisting design to ensure that when MHPs are rebuilt, aftershocks and following earthquakes will not hamper their operation. In the next project step, the three selected communities are assisted in contracting MHP installers to reconstruct the systems and connections.

More general information is available at our project page: RISE - Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access.

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