RedBioLAC

Network of Biodigesters for Latin America and the Caribbean (RedBioLAC)

RedBioLAC is a consolidated and very active network of individuals and organisations involved in applied research, implementation and advocacy on biodigesters. Their aim is to contribute to the proper management of natural resources while promoting socio-economic wellbeing in Latin American and Caribbean.

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Registration for RedBioLAC Encuentro Virtual is now open

News from WISIONS posted on August 26th, 2020

As already announced some weeks ago, the organizers of this years XII Encuentro decided to postpone it to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, it will be possible to attend an alternative online event from 6 to 8 October 2020, free of charge, open to everyone and you can register now. Please keep in mind that the whole event will be hold in spanish language. Register here now!Read moreMinimize
English version (spanish below)
The agenda for the Encuentro Virtual will be structured in three 1.5 hour sessions, consisting of a roundtable discussion and presentations of works from the RedBioLAC magazine. The prelimiary agenda for the presentations will contain the following:

6 October:
Jaime Martí from Ecuador will present his findings about national biodigester plans, strengths and weaknesses for their implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean

7 October:
Lylian Rodriguez from Colombia will elaborate on the role of biodigesters in rural development and family farming

8 October:
Ricardo Steinmetz from Brasil will talk about circular economy and the importance of anaerobic digestion

You can register here following this URL-Link and more detailed information will be published on the website of RedBioLAC. Stay tuned and please keep in mind that the whole event will be hold in spanish language.

Espanol:
La agenda del Encuentro Virtual se estructurará en tres sesiones de una hora y media, que consistirán en una mesa redonda y presentaciones de trabajos de la revista RedBioLAC. La agenda preliminar de las presentaciones contendrá lo siguiente:

6 de octubre:
Jaime Martí, del Ecuador, presentará sus conclusiones sobre los planes nacionales de biodigestores, así como las fortalezas y debilidades para su aplicación en América Latina y el Caribe

7 de octubre:

Lylian Rodríguez de Colombia explicará el papel de los biodigestores en el desarrollo rural y la agricultura familiar

8 de octubre:
Ricardo Steinmetz de Brasil hablará sobre la economía circular y la importancia de la digestión anaeróbica

Puede registrarse aquí siguiendo este URL-Link y se publicará información más detallada en la página web de RedBioLAC. Estén atentos y por favor tengan en cuenta que todo el evento se llevará a cabo en español.

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Upcoming events

The 11th Annual Conference of RedBioLAC ("Encuentro RedBioLAC") will take place from 14 – 18 October 2019 in Varadero, Cuba. More information available here.

You can find information on upcoming RedBioLAC webinars here: RedBioLAC webinar series




Introduction

Biodigesters can help to improve the livelihoods of rural households in the Global South in different ways. They allow treating flows of organic waste, thereby improving the in-farm management of soil. The by-product of the treatment is biogas, a combustible gas which can replace other unsustainable fuels. Additionally the effluent and sludge produced by the process are of great value as organic fertilizer. In Latin America and the Caribbean, there is a long history of initiatives which have adapted, tested and further developed small and medium-sized biogas technologies. However, back in 2009, avenues for exchanging experiences were almost non-existent, especially for practitioners active in the field.

RedBioLAC came into existence in 2009, following a WISIONS SEPS project (Biogas Digester Innovations In Latin America), which focused on sharing experiences on the use of biodigesters in Latin America. This first exchange gave impetus to the idea of establishing a network to promote knowledge sharing between research, development and advocacy groups involved with biogas technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean. The network was formalised at a meeting in 2010 in Costa Rica.

Vision & Goals

RedBioLAC’s vision is to become the leading organisation providing research, development, implementation and advocacy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the use of biodigesters to stimulate the sustainable management of natural resources and promote people’s socioeconomic wellbeing in LAC.
RedBioLAC’s brings together institutions related to applied research and the dissemination of anaerobic biodigestion to achieve the following objectives:


  • Exchange information, knowledge and experiences among participating institutions
  • Identify and overcome technical, environmental, social and economic barriers in the field of biogas
  • Propose projects, mechanisms and ideas to disseminate biodigester technology within LAC
  • Generate alliances that facilitate the adoption of biodigester technology
  • Systematise research and disseminate findings among partners, and share insights with related fields including health, financing, policy, education, industry and marketing
  • Promote the inclusion of other organisations, institutions and researchers in the field of biodigesters
  • Promote actions to advocate and influence policies related to biodigesters

Activities

RedBioLAC is a very active platform for knowledge exchange, development and dissemination. This is achieved via diverse methods and activities, specifically through the annual conference, annual magazine, e-learning, online library and forum. Additionally, two areas of activity fostering knowledge creation and dissemination have emerged recently: working groups and a student internship programme. Find more about these activities below.

Annual Event and magazine

The annual conference provides a dynamic opportunity for interaction between experts, relevant stakeholders and interested audiences in general. The conference format entails not only presentations and discussions about the latest developments, but also training courses on basic biogas technologies and field visits.

2018 marked the 10th Annual RedBioLAC Conference, which took place from 17 – 21 September 2018 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. A video summarising the conference is available on Facebook, along with photos of the event.

Since 2017 the network has published an annual magazine to showcase academic research, case studies, scientific groups, technical factsheets and advertise projects, programmes, companies, and services on biogas.
You can download RedBioLAC’s magazines here.

Online Platform and Library

Of the network's online tools, the discussion forum is the liveliest area for interaction, with more than 900 participating subscribers. Almost 500 topics are available on the forum, providing a rich source of knowledge on anaerobic digestion as applied in the region

A broad variety of publications on a number of topics can be found in the online library.

Knowledge exchange

Topic-specific working groups aim to involve network members in the development of collaborative projects in order to address specific knowledge gaps (e.g. technical issues, management monitoring and impact assessment) or to strengthen collaboration at sub-regional levels (e.g. the ‘southern cone’, the ‘Andean countries’, the Caribbean states and Central America).

The student internship programme aims to facilitate and support applied research on topics relevant to network members by involving students at the advanced stage of their studies. This serves to address knowledge gaps, while simultaneously contributing to international knowledge-sharing and capacity-building of the next generation of experts and decision-makers.


Coordination & Support

The network is supported by several organisations, one of which is the WISIONS initiative. The coordination of the RedBioLAC is led by Mariela Pino (left). 

The network's secretariat is run by the organisation GreenEmpowerment.