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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WISIONS at the SDEWES Conference 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia

News from WISIONS posted on September 28th, 2015

The WISIONS team participated in the 10th "Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems" from 27 September until 2 October 2015 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Read moreMinimize

The 10th "Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – SDEWES" was dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars, as well as methods for assessing and measuring sustainability of development, regarding energy, transport, water, environment and food production systems and their many combinations.

At this year’s edition, the WISIONS team presented a poster entitled "Delivery and Business Models for Small-Scale Renewable Energy Technologies – Analysis of Successful Approaches", and chaired a session on "Practitioners Networks on Sustainable Energy Technologies – How Can Active Exchanges Foster the Transition Process in Developing Regions?". In addition, we also offered a panel presentation entitled "What are Challenges for the Scientific Community and Politics on a Global Scale to Unfold the Research Potential?".

More information on the conference is available at SDEWES’ homepage, where you can also find the conference programme.


SEPS Project: Improving the Value Chain of Cacao Production in Ecuador

News from WISIONS posted on September 28th, 2015

One of our SEPS projects, entitled "Growing Esmeraldas with Renewable Energy", aims to improve cacao production and processing in Ecuador in ways that also restore the region's fragile natural environment and improve lives and livelihoods, while enhancing the resilience of rural communities in the face of climate change.Read moreMinimize

While the overall project design and feasibility study were part of last year’s activities, the recent project phase included the implementation of renewable energy technologies such as biodigesters and solar dryers, as well as the delivery of training programmes to secure their installation, use and management. Training sessions also included the dissemination of know-how on improving cacao cultivation and subsequent market access for local produce.

Over the course of the last few months, ten individual family-owned biodigesters have been successfully installed. Furthermore, three of the nine envisaged solar dryers for cacao are in operation, with the remaining six to be installed in the coming weeks. 

More than 80 hours of practical field training on improving cacao bean cultivation have been delivered to over 40 participants, while 15 local operators have received hands-on experience in the use, maintenance and management of the new technologies. Consultations and negotiations with cacao value chain actors to ensure appropriate prices for sustainably produced cacao from CRECER’s communities are still ongoing.

More general information is available on our project page Growing Esmeraldas with renewable energy and additional photos are on the WISIONS Facebook page.


Meet the WISIONS Team at the Tropentag 2015 in Berlin

News from WISIONS posted on September 2nd, 2015

The WISIONS team will participate in this year’s Tropentag from 16 - 18 September at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. The conference theme is "Management of Land Use Systems for Enhanced Food Security - Conflicts, Controversies and Resolutions". Read moreMinimize

The annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.

The WISIONS team will present a research poster on "Community-led Innovations for Sustainable Land Use – Lessons from the Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (ASPROINCA) of Riosucio in Colombia".


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