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.
Second National Meeting of RedBioCOL in Colombia
News from WISIONS posted on October 11th, 2016
The first day focused on providing information and training for a demonstration project in the application of biomass energy technologies (biogas and gasificiation) in small and medium-sized coffee farms. This project is supported by SEPS. The session took place at a farm belonging to a member of the "Asociación de Productores de Puente Abadía" (one of the farmers’ associations involved in implementing the project).
The sessions on the second day were dedicated to the consolidation of the network. Through different group formats, the participants (more than 50) worked together to define specific objectives and activities related to RedBioCOL’s five main branches: communication, local promoters, solidarity economy, knowledge and wisdom, and involvement of youth.
Field visits were organised for the third day. Four different options offered the possibility to experience at first hand the achievements of some of the most active organisations working in the development and implementation of sustainable family farming systems in the Orinoco and Amazonian region of Colombia.
On day four, a forum on agroecological farming systems took place at the University of the “Llanos” (UniLlanos). The forum offered a platform where different stakeholders (e.g. experts, students, farmers and representatives of NGOs) presented their knowledge and experiences of applying agroecological principles in different regions of Colombia.
On the final day, the participants were given the opportunity to visit a farmers’ market (mercado campesino). This market is coordinated by the "Asociación de Mercados Campesinos del Meta" (AMCM), one of RedBioCOL’s members in the Meta region. The main aim is to offer small farmers in the region a direct commercial channel for the sale of their products; this should ensure the farmers receive a larger share of the sales revenue.
The national meeting provided fresh motivation for the further consolidation of RedBioCOL. It also acted as a platform for strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones, particularly between people and organisations from the Orinoco and Amazonia regions in Colombia.
Second National Meeting of the RedBioCOL in Meta, Colombia
News from WISIONS posted on September 27th, 2016
This time, member associations and organisations of the RedBioCOL network from 12 Colombian Departamentos will attend the event to showcase their work, discuss challenges and ensure maintenance and sustainability of their projects.
The interested public (groups and individuals with academic background, rural communities or local indigenous population) is welcome to participate in the event as well, strengthening overall diversity and exchange.
From 27th to 29th September there will be internal sessions and discussions among network members, focusing on RedBioCOL's current SEPS project and other aspects.
On 30th September, a forum on agriecological production in the tropics will be held at Universidad de los Llanos in Villavicencio, while on 1st October there will be several learning-by-doing activities offered by the Asociación de Mercados Campesinos del Meta, where local farmers will share and demonstrate their experiences.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the IOREC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya
News from WISIONS posted on September 26th, 2016
IOREC is the global platform for sharing experiences and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The first edition of IOREC was organised in Accra, Ghana in 2012 and the second in Manila, Philippines, in 2014.
The 2016 conference will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28 - 29 September), an international forum to stimulate growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship in Africa.
In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products/projects, and offer participants networking opportunities. We especially encourage the ARE members to participate, present its products and projects and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.