The main objective of this SEPS Exchange is to expand the methodology and develop a manual for the arts based implementation of renewable biogas projects in marginalised Mexican and Latin American communities
This exchange aimed to further develop and document an innovative methodology for identifying, motivating and educating potential biogas adopters. The methodology made use of artistic and creative activities in order to build emotional connections to the technology, which encouraged greater acceptance and a better sense of ownership. It has been developed in cooperation with ConcentrArte AC, a Mexico City based NGO formed by a group of educators and artists. During the last 3 years the model has been applied and proven to be very effective for promoting and providing complementary education on rainwater harvesting, one of the core activities of IRRI. Inspired by this success, IRRI wished to expand this arts based educational model into other areas of their work with renewable energies, specifically with small-scale biodigester projects in cooperation with Sistema Biobolsa and other biogas actors in Latin America, via the biogas network RedBioLAC.
The main objective of this SEPS Exchange was to expand the methodology and develop a manual for the arts based implementation of renewable biogas projects in marginalised Mexican and Latin American communities (only available in Spanish). The manual outlines the concept of the holistic methodology and provides specific exercises that can be applied within the communities. The exercises are designed to deliver targeted learning objectives, such as information about maintenance, household savings and the benefits of the system, as well as educating women and children on topics such as indoor air pollution, GHG reduction, deforestation and environmental sanitation. All these issues have been explored from the perspective of small-scale biogas installation.
To make it easy to distribute and share, the manual is provided as an electronic file. Additionally, open-access videos have been created in order to provide complementary information about the material and the application of the methodology. The manual is expected to be beneficial to organisations working on the promotion of biogas at different levels and useful for the provision of training to other stakeholders in the renewable energy sector.