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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New SEPS Call 2017 for Projects and Exchange Activities

News from WISIONS posted on May 18th, 2017

The first SEPS call of 2017 is open! Our aim this time is on both our focus regions, Latin America and the Caribbean and South and South East Asia. Read moreMinimize

The countries considered for this call are those within the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Southern and South East Asia, according to UN definition.

We are offering support for the introduction of small-scale renewable energy technologies as well as for knowledge exchange activities.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 23 June 2017, 4 PM GMT.

What type of PROJECTS are we looking for?

This call is open to projects that demonstrate the application of sustainable energy technologies in different contexts: for example, projects might aim to meet energy needs for reliable electricity or heat supply, for food processing and conservation, or for water pumping and treatment. The target groups could be small individual farmers, agro-businesses or small companies, as well as the wider community or municipality.

According to the technical focus of our supported practitioner networks in the target regions, we would be particularly interested in projects that focus on biogas, pico or micro-hydro power and small wind technologies. We are also receptive to projects that demonstrate the application of other renewable energy technologies or hybrid approaches. 

See details on criteria and SEPS project application procedure: SEPS Projects.

What type of EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES are we looking for?

The proposed SEPS Knowledge Exchanges should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralised renewable energy solutions in the target region(s).

SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas: 

  • Capacity-building South-South
  • Mutual learning
  • Practice-to-policy exchange
  • Avocacy and awareness-raising activities

See details on criteria and SEPS exchange activities application procedure: SEPS Exchange Activities.

What has been supported so far?

To date, SEPS has supported 110 projects and exchanges across the world and these are all featured on our website, illustrating the lessons learned in the field: SEPS – Project List.

The deadline for the submission of applications is 23 June 2017, 4 PM GMT.

The application forms and supporting documents must be submitted in English. Applications written in other languages will not be considered. 


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Activities

Since its inception in 2009, the network has become a lively platform for knowledge exchange between more than 300 participants. Currently there are three channels for these exchanges::

Annual Conference

The 9th RedBioLAC annual conference will take place from 6th to 10th November 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The official call for papers is open until 31st July 2017. More information is available on the event's website (in Spanish only).

The 8th RedBioLAC annual conference took place from 7th to 11th November 2016 at the Instituto Interamericano de Cooperación para la Agricultura (IICA) in San José, Costa Rica. It was supported by WISIONS.

More information, including a detailed programme of the event, is available on RedBioLAC's website (in Spanish only). This short video summarises the network meeting: 

Eight conferences have so far taken place. This annual opportunity to meet and interact intensively with experts from all around the region is a central component for sustaining the impetus of the knowledge sharing process. Most of the presentations and memories from the conferences are available in the  network's online library. Various photos of RedBioLAC's annual conferences are available on Facebook here.

Online Platform and library

The network's website www.redbiolac.org (Spanish only) offers different options for participation and for accessing a myriad of information. Currently more than 300 people are subscribed to the online platform. Particularly useful is the discussion forum, which has become a rich source of knowledge on anaerobic digestion as applied in the Latin American and Caribbean contexts.

The online library is divided into four sections:

  • Information on previous annual conferences
  • Documents about biodigestion in Latin America and the Caribbiean, including manuals, national biogas plans, research results, project reports, companies etc. (in Spanish)
  • Information about the mutual exchanges that have taken place to date
  • Videos

Mutual exchange of knowledge

Since 2013 peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges between experts in the region have been supported. These are activities where experts with extensive biodigester experience gained in one country travel to another country or sub-region to provide emergent biodigester initiatives with more extensive hands-on training, technology transfer and/or business model development. Information about these exchanges can be found on the network’s webpage. To date, two exchange activities have been completed:

Exchange: Alterna (Guatemala) – Viogaz (Costa Rica) 2014

Joaquín Víquez, a biogas expert from the company Viogaz in Costa Rica, visited Alterna, an NGO working in Guatemala, in order to strengthen the technical capacities of the team. More details of this inspiring exchange can be found  here. The complete report in Spanish is available for download here. The complete report in English is available for download here.

Exchange: Bolivia – Ecuador 2013

Jaime Marti, a biodigester expert from Bolivia, spent three weeks in 2013 with different stakeholders in Ecuador, working to evaluate and improve the use and promotion of biodigesters through a combination of field visits, workshops and meetings. More details of this interesting exchange can be found here, and the executive summary report of the results is available for download here. The complete report in Spanish is available for download here.

SEPS exchange activities – linked to RedBioLAC

In the last calls for SEPS project support WISIONS selected two exchange activities from members of RedBioLAC:

Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame

Exchange and capacity-building in energy alternatives for food production

Background

Under the framework of a former SEPS project (Biogas Digester Innovations In Latin America (SEPS 5) 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.

Coordination and support

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

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