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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Upgrading Watermills in Uttarakhand, India

News from WISIONS posted on May 24th, 2017

One of our SEPS projects in India aims to improve traditional watermills by replacing wooden equipment to make them more efficient and to demonstrate the importance of this technology in Uttarakhand, a mountainous region of the country.Read moreMinimize

Currently only around 65% of 15,000 traditional watermills in Uttarakhand remain in operation – despite abundant rivers and streams fed directly by the surrounding Himalayan peaks. In addition to repairing and upgrading non-operational mills, our project partners at the Institute for Development Support aim to offer capacity-building and hands-on training to mill operators and establish new marketing opportunities for processed products, which will in turn generate revenue for local communities.

Over recent months, a number of working steps have been successfully completed. These include:

  • A detailed baseline survey (socioeconomic data) and technical feasibility study
  • Raising awareness and mobilising local communities (particularly motivating women to participate)
  • Technical training for water mill owners / operators 
  • Formation and strengthening of self-help working groups at community-level (around 600 participants)
  • Administration, accounting and management training for members of self-help groups
  • Identification of potential products for production (including wheat, maize and amaranth flours)
Next steps will include the technical upgrades of the water mills, which should start by the end of June 2017.

For more general information on this SEPS project, please visit Establishment of Demand-Driven Sustainable Improved Watermill Cluster in the State of Uttarakhand, India


RedBioLAC Webinar on the Management of Organic Residues Through Biodigestion

News from WISIONS posted on May 22nd, 2017

In cooperation with the IICA (Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture), RedBioLAC is organising a series of webinars which aim to increase awareness about the different options that biodigesters offer to improve sustainability in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read moreMinimize

RedBioLAC's webinars serve as a platform to foster interconnection among the broad range of knowledge, capabilities and experiences that are already available in the region. 

The next webinar will take place on 25 May 2017. More information is available here

Please note: the webinars are offered in Spanish only.


Improving Livelihoods in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

News from WISIONS posted on May 17th, 2017

"Creciendo Esmeraldas con Energía Renovable" (CRECER) was a pilot programme implemented by CorpoEsmeraldas, Green Empowerment and FEDETA, and was supported by WISIONS. It aimed to improve the livelihoods of rural families in Rio Verde, Esmeraldas, Ecuador through the implementation of renewable energy technologies and sustainable agricultural practices. Read moreMinimize

The project’s initial objective was to improve cacao production and processing in ways that also restored the region’s fragile natural environment, improving lives and livelihoods while enhancing the resilience of rural communities in the face of climate change.

With the backing of our SEPS Energy Projects initiative, the project team installed passive solar dryers and biogas digester technologies to support smallholder cacao farmers. 18 months after successfully implementing the project, we continued to support the monitoring, evaluation and expansion activities. 

The replication efforts (e.g. in Carchi and Manabí Provinces) focused both on building partner organisations’ technical capacity in biogas digesters and passive solar dryers, and on creating community interest in replicating these technologies and supporting associated agro-ecological training in the future. 

Furthermore, the organisation of a national biodigester experience exchange event in September 2016 led to the creation of a national Ecuadorian biogas network (Red de Biodigestores del Ecuador, RedBioEc), which follows the principles of the neighbouring networks RedBioCOL and RedBioLAC.

More general information on the CRECER project is available on our SEPS project page: Improving Cacao Production and Processing While Meeting Cooking Fuel Demand in Ecuador (CRECER) 

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