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.
Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar (Malaysia)
News from WISIONS posted on September 23rd, 2016
Since 2014, Green Empowerment and Tonibung have been providing the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan with access to clean water and renewable electricity. These villages are located in the forests of Ulu Papar, within the Malaysian state of Sabah’s Crocker Range. As a community-based project, the initiative relied on the indigenous Dusun residents themselves to act as the main driving force, with technical and administrative support from Green Empowerment and Tonibung.
The aim was to construct three micro-hydro power systems in the villages. From a technical perspective, each system posed unique design challenges: Pongobonon’s watersource consisted of large, immovable boulders, necessitating the use of a coanda intake. In Kalangaan, the team was forced to innovate in its design and construction approach due to the location being inaccessible by vehicles. Locally available construction materials were favoured in order to minimise the need to carry in steel and cement. Several challenges were also faced in Longkogungan; for example, its remote location posed signifcant logistical challenges, but offered an ideal site for Janathakshan’s concrete turbine.
The final stages in this SEPS project are:
- To complete the installation of the Longkogungan micro-hydro system, and the concrete turbine training sessions at the site
- To complete the installation of the pre-paid meters, as well as the training sessions for credit vendors in all three villages
- To complete the installation of water filters in Kalangaan and Longkogungan
- To hold official handover ceremonies in each village
SEPS CALL: Energising Development Through Knowledge Exchange
News from WISIONS posted on August 31st, 2016
New Call for SEPS Knowledge Exchange proposals 2016 aiming to mobilise knowledge and expertise for decentralised renewable energy solutions.
This new call for proposals addresses both focus regions of WISIONS – Latin America and the Caribbean, and South/South East Asia. Proposals for SEPS Knowledge Exchange 2016 – LAC & SE/S Asia should allow for interaction between practitioners with significant experience in the implementation of decentralised renewable energy solutions in the target region(s).
SEPS Knowledge Exchange activities should relate to one or more of the following focus areas:
- South-South mutual learning
- Practice-to-policy exchange
- Advocacy and awareness-raising activities
Deadline for submission of applications is 17th October 2016, 16:00 (CET).
More information is available here: SEPS Call: Knowledge Exchange Proposals 2016