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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Monthly Call of the Energy Access Practitioner Network

News from WISIONS posted on February 11th, 2015

The WISIONS team will participate in the next monthly call of the Sustainable Energy For All's Energy Access Practitioner Network, which will take place on Thursday, 12 February 2015, at 9:00 am EST.Read moreMinimize

Together with members of the Hydro Empowerment Network, we will give a short presentation on "Micro Hydro and Decentralized Renewable Energy for Myanmar: A Practice-to-Policy Dialogue, Applying Lessons from Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka". This workshop took place in November 2014 and was funded by WISIONS. Find our SEPS page here: Micro Hydro for Myanmar: Practice-to-Policy Dialogue with Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka (SEPS 9).

The global Energy Access Practitioner Network was formed as part of the Sustainable Energy for All initiative by the United Nations Foundation. The network focuses on community-level electrification for productive purposes, incorporating specific market-based applications for health, agriculture, education, small business, communites and household solutions.

Solar Mobility in the Andean Highlands of Argentina

News from WISIONS posted on January 27th, 2015

As part of one of our current SEPS projects, EcoAndina is running initial tests to assess the technical and social viability of solar bike mobility in the Puna highlands in Northern Argentina. Read moreMinimize

This project advocates solar mobility as a solution for meeting the increasing mobility demands in two areas of the Jujuy province in Argentina; one in the Puna region and the other in the capital San Salvador. In December 2014, the first e-bike tracks in the Puna region were successfully established and reliable data about the performance of solar e-bikes in this mountainous region was collected.

Fundación EcoAndina has already established connections with Argentinian e-bike distributors and service providers in Buenos Aires and San Salvador de Jujuy, trained bicycle shops in customising standard bicycle wheels with motors and has set up a solar e-bike station at the EcoAndina's Centro Ecohuasi in the Puna village of Misa Rumi. During a workshop at "Ecohuasi" eight solar e-bike technology kits were fitted to regular bicycles and these are now ready for use.

Once the rainy season is over, the next stage of the project will be to promote the solar e-bikes to the target group in the Puna region, which will include training lessons and support.

You can find more general information about this SEPS project here: Solar Mobility in Andean Highlands of Argentina (SEPS10).

SEPS Exchange "Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame"

News from WISIONS posted on January 22nd, 2015

One of our recent SEPS Exchanges entitled "Dragón de la Nueva Flama – Dragon of the New Flame" by IRRI México and ConcentrArte was recently successfully concluded. The main objective of the exchange activities was to develop an innovative methodology for identifying, motivating and educating potential biogas technology users as well as enhancing feedback and dialogue among the users in Mexico and other Latin American regions.Read moreMinimize

The methodology makes use of artistic and creative activities in order to build emotional connections to the technology, which encourages greater acceptance and a better sense of ownership. IRRI México and ConcentrArte created the "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame", which describes the environmental and social problems related to the unsustainable use of firewood and inappropriate disposal of organic wastes. The "Dragon of the New Flame" is used as a metaphor for biodigesters and the alternatives they offer for using natural resources in a more sustainable way.

IRRI and ConcentrArte developed various playful games and activities based on the legend, which were intended to unlock the emotional channels in both adults and children and, in turn, to provide excellent conditions for transferring and presenting knowledge in a participative way. Promotional activities using this creative approach were carried out in several rural communities in the Hidalgo and Yucatan states in Mexico. These practical experiences served to validate the effectiveness of the art-based methodology as well as adapt and improve materials and tools. 

The experiences and results have been systematised and published in a manual, only available in Spanish, which can be downloaded here [pdf].

Additionally, on Sistema Biobolsa's YouTube Channelyou can find videos that complement the written materials, along with other information such as:

- a description of the project; and

- a version of the play "Legend of the Dragon of the New Flame".

More details are also available at ”Dragón de la Nueva Flama“ - Dragon of the New Flame (SEPS10) and there is an extensive photo album on our Facebook page.

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