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.
10th RedBioLAC Annual Conference 2018
News from WISIONS posted on August 6th, 2018
Biodigesters are a promising alternative for the treatment of the residues of human activity in urban and rural spaces. Biodigestion is directly related to the fight against climate change – it mitigates greenhouse gases and reduces the use of synthetic fertilisers while providing energy and natural fertiliser.
Since 2009, RedBioLAC – The Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean – has been connecting initiatives, projects, people and organisations dedicated to biodigestion in the region through its annual conference. The conference has previously taken place in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Colombia.
In 2018, this annual network conference will be held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, to celebrate 10 years of continuous work and the resulting positive impacts on the sustainable development of the continent.
The conference will take place from September 17th – 21st September 2018 and will include small and large-scale introductory courses to biodigestion technology, site visits and an international congress.
New Project: Solar Water Pumping Systems For Nepalese Small Farmers
News from WISIONS posted on August 1st, 2018
Most smallholder farmers in Nepal are dependent on labor intensive, time consuming and expensive methods for irrigation and livestock watering. A reliable and sustainable water supply is needed to increase agricultural productivity, improve livestock farming and ensure food security.
In recent years, solar water pumping technologies have enabled Nepalese farmers to produce surplus crops and improve their livelihoods. However, this technology has not been widely adopted due to a lack of awareness and knowledge about this technology among market actors along the agricultural value chain. In addition, high upfront costs make the technology unaffordable for many farmers.
Winrock was successful in demonstrating and facilitating sales of solar water pumping systems to farmers for irrigation and livestock watering (fish, poultry, cattle and pigs) with various affordable business models.
In this new SEPS exchange activity, Winrock intends to scale-up the use of solar water pumping systems and provide reliable irrigation through a knowledge exchange. This exchange aims to increase the capacities of farmers, financial institutions and policymakers in (rural) municipalities to implement innovative and appropriate business models.
Read more about the anticipated project steps: Knowledge Exchange to Make Solar Water Pumping (SWP) Systems Affordable for Small Farmers
Updates on the project activities will be published in our news blog.
New Article: Energising The WEF Nexus To Enhance Sustainable Development At Local Level
News from WISIONS posted on July 30th, 2018
The water-energy-food (WEF) nexus is increasingly recognised as a conceptual framework able to support the efficient implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite growing attention paid to the WEF nexus, the role that renewable energies can play in addressing trade-offs and realising synergies has received limited attention.
Until now, the focus of WEF nexus discussions and applications has mainly been on national or global levels, macro-level drivers, material flows and large infrastructure developments. This overlooks the fact that major nexus challenges are faced at local level.
Aiming to address these knowledge gaps, the authors conduct a systematic analysis of the linkages between small-scale energy projects in developing countries and the food and water aspects of development.
The analysis is based on empirical data from continuous process and impact evaluations complemented by secondary data and relevant literature. The study provides initial insights into how to identify interconnections and the potential benefits of integrating the nexus pillars into local level projects in the global south. The study identifies the complex links which exist between sustainable energy projects and the food and water sectors and highlights that these needs are currently not systematically integrated into project design or project evaluation. A more systematic approach, integrating the water and food pillars into energy planning at local level in the global south, is recommended to avoid trade-offs and enhance the development outcomes and impacts of energy projects.