RedBioLAC

Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean (RedBioLAC)

RedBioLAC is a network of institutions involved in the applied research and advocacy of biodigesters for the treatment and management of organic waste, as a strategy for improving the wellbeing of the Latin American and Caribbean people.

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First WISIONS Webinar to Take Place on 18 January 2018

News from WISIONS posted on December 27th, 2017

On 18 January, start off the New Year with WISIONS new webinar series! The first webinar, “Stronger Together: Why Networks of Energy Access Practitioners Matter”, will focus on why practitioners' networks are valuable.Read moreMinimize

Access to energy has the potential to change lives across the Global South, and it is enshrined in Sustainable Development Goal 7. But often efforts are fragmented, and the same mistakes are repeated. 

That’s where networks of energy practitioners come in. Energy practitioners are spearheading efforts to make sure that those most at risk of being ‘left behind’ are included. Their work in the field, academia, development institutions and in communities means that they have in-depth knowledge of the requirements, conditions, and challenges of ensuring sustainable energy access. Mobilizing their knowledge and expertise is essential to achieving SDG 7 and supporting many other SDGs for people and the planet. 

Register now and mark your calendar for 2 PM CET on 18 January 2018!

In the meantime, watch our latest video, From Paris to Action at Local Level in the Global South, from our side event at COP23 in Bonn! 

How can energy access practitioners and other non-state actors contribute to the global climate change agenda? Hear what practitioners, policymakers, and researchers have to say - and add your comments!


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Introduction

RedBioLAC is a network active in the fields of research, development, implementation and diffusion of biodigesters and aims to stimulate the adequate management of natural resources; thereby promoting the socioeconomic well-being of people in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Under the framework of a former SEPS project (Biogas Digester Innovations In Latin America), a workshop took place in Cajamarca, Peru, in May 2009, which focused on sharing experiences on the use of biodigesters in Latin America. The lively and valuable discussions demonstrated the huge potential for mutual learning and for finding solutions.

From the impetus of that first exchange the idea emerged to establish a network to promote knowledge sharing between research, development and advocacy groups involved with biogas technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean.

During a second meeting in 2010 (this time at EARTH University in Costa Rica), the network was formalised and the first strategic plan of RedBioLAC was developed. Since then the network has been active in promoting and disseminating research, development and the implementation of biodigesters as a valid technical option for the management of natural resources and for improving the wellbeing of the Latin American and Caribbean people.

Mission & Goals

Founded in 2009 in Peru, RedBioLAC – Red de Biodigestores Para Latino América y el Caribe – is a multinational network connecting actors in the biogas field across Latin America and the Caribbean. RedBioLAC’s vision is to become the leading organisation providing research, development, implementation and advocacy for the use of biodigesters to stimulate the sustainable management of natural resources and promote the socioeconomic wellbeing of people in Latin American and Caribbean.

Objectives

  • Stimulate and facilitate knowledge exchange among biogas experts and with other relevant actors
  • Promote the integration of biogas-related topics at different educational levels
  • Identify relevant research gaps and promote research and development activities
  • Advance advocacy for the emerging biogas sector(s) at different policy and decision-making levels
  • Initiate actions aimed at monitoring and evaluating biogas digester programmes and projects in the region

Activities

The network has become a lively platform for knowledge exchange and dissemination. This is mainly achieved via two channels: the annual conference and the online forum. Additionally, two areas of activity fostering knowledge creation and dissemination are envisaged as part of the consolidation process: working groups and an internship programme.

Annual Conference

The annual conference provides a dynamic opportunity for interaction between experts, relevant stakeholders and interested audiences in general. The conference format entails not only presentations and discussions about the latest developments, but also training courses on basic biogas technologies and field visits.

The latest annual conferences encouraged rich discussions and feedback from all participants through participative sessions from which conclusions were drawn, leading to the first book published by the network. The book is available online and downloadable in a printer-friendly version.

Online Platform and Library

Of the online tools, the discussion forum is the liveliest area for interaction, with more than 600 participating subscribers. Almost 500 topics are available on the forum, providing a rich source of knowledge on anaerobic digestion as applied in the region, together with information about the practitioners involved.

Mutual Exchange of Knowledge

Topic-specific working groups aim to involve network members in the development of cooperative projects in order to address specific knowledge gaps (e.g. technical issues, management monitoring and impact assessment) or to strengthen cooperation at sub-regional level (e.g. the ‘southern cone’, the ‘Andean countries’, the Caribbean states and Central America).

The student internship programme aims to facilitate and support applied research on topics relevant to network members by involving students at the advanced stage of their studies. This serves to address knowledge gaps, while simultaneously contributing to international knowledge-sharing and capacity-building of the next generation of experts and decision-makers.

Upcoming Events

2018 marks the 10th Annual Conference of RedBioLAC, which will take place from 17 – 21 September 2018 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. More information will be published soon.

Coordination & Support

The network is supported by several organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative. The coordinating person is Mariela Pino (left). 

The network secretariat is run by the organisation GreenEmpowerment, who initiated the SEPS project and network.