RedBioCOL

National network for biomass energy in Colombia

The Colombian Biomass Network RedBioCol is a network of individuals and organisations committed to contributing to the sustainable development of Colombian society by promoting the use of organic residues for energy generation.

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3rd Webinar: Beyond Cooking – Biodigesters For Family Farming In The Global South

News from WISIONS posted on May 23rd, 2018

Our latest WISIONS webinar took place on 28 May 2018! In this third edition of our webinar series, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing.Read moreMinimize

Biodigesters are best known for cooking and several national programmes have successfully promoted it for this purpose. But biodigesters are more than that. They can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South by treating organic waste, improving management of soil nutrients, providing clean energy and organic fertilizer, to name just a few of their advantages.

In this webinar, we discussed how biodigesters and biogas can support farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm and improve their wellbeing. Are the benefits of biogas and biodigesters being deployed by farmers? If so, where is this happening? Which gaps/missing links can hinder the uptake of this technology? Lastly, how can family farmers be better supported to take advantage of biogas and biodigesters?

Speakers
Alex Eaton, Founder of SistemaBio 
Lylian Rodriguez, RedBioCOL
Willington Ortiz, WISIONS / Wuppertal Institute
Kevin Kinusu, Kenya Biogas Program

Moderator
Molly Hurley Depret

Watch the recording:

Download all individual slides from the presentations here: WISIONS Webinar Beyond Cooking All Slides 

Read more on our webinar series: WISIONS Webinar Series


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Introduction

The national network was inspired by the Latin American net work RedBioLAC, but has a broader objective as it includes biomass energy in all its forms, instead of focusing solely on biodigesters. Since RedBioCol’s foundation in 2012 in Guapotá, its membership has grown to more than 35 and includes farmers’ associations, NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises with social purpose, social movements, universities and educational institutes in both rural and urban locations.

The network links practitioners within a single country and, as a result, it can help to facilitate more regular face-to-face meetings to intensify the synergies that exist between its members, as well as focusing on specific national political, economic and social conditions. The aim is to promote the use of biomass in Colombia to generate energy in order to realise potential benefits, particularly in the agricultural sector but also in other sectors with significant flows of organic residues.

Mission & Goals

The main RedBioCOL of the network is to improve the perception of biodigester technology among relevant stakeholders in Colombia. In order to achieve this, the network has set the following objectives: 

  • Promoting the use of biomass energy technologies as a tool for improving farming systems and the livelihood of farmers
  • Facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge among organisations and individuals
  • Promoting the formulation and realisation of research and development projects that are relevant to the needs and conditions of the network’s individual members and associated organisations

Activities

Since its establishment, the network has put particular emphasis on field workshops in order to foster links and knowledge sharing between organisations (such as farmers’ associations, NGOs and enterprises) which have advanced specific technical and/or social innovations with the general aim of improving the use of organic residues. Field workshops take place at the sites where the host organisations are in the process of implementing relevant innovations. In this way, representatives from the visiting organisations have the opportunity to learn at first-hand about concepts that might be relevant in their own context.

Bi-Annual Meeting

The network organises a bi-annual national meeting with the aim of bringing together experiences from all over the country and presenting research and development on the subject of biomass energy. The national meetings are a platform for promoting the creation/strengthening the links between players who
are involved or interested in the field. They are also a platform for disseminating information about the technologies, as well as about the national experience, to a broader audience.

The newly-established committees involve network members advancing specific areas that have been identified as strategic priorities for the further development of the network: communication, research, solidarity economy and local leaders/promoters.

Upcoming Events

Currently, there are no upcoming events.

Coordination & Support

The network is currently coordinated by a team comprising: Lylian Rodriguez (left, UTA Foundation), Fabian Henao (Terrazonet) and Gloria Pedraza (CIPAV). They can be directly contacted here.

It is supported by different organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative.