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Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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SEPS Project Wins 2016 National Energy Globe Award for Ecuador

News from WISIONS posted on June 9th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects entitled "Growing Esmeraldas with Renewable Energy" (Creciendo Esmeraldas con Energía Renovable, or “CRECER”) has won the 2016 National Energy Globe Award for Ecuador!Read moreMinimize

The CRECER programme was developed by Green Empowerment and their partners Fundación Ecuatoriana de Tecnología Apropiada (FEDETA) and CorpoEsmeraldas to improve the lives and livelihoods of rural cacao farming families in Ecuador’s Esmeraldas Province, through the holistic implementation of renewable energy technologies, eco-agricultural training programmes, and improved social cohesion.

With funding provided by our SEPS programme, 42 local farmers completed an 80 hour course to improve their cacao cultivation through organic practices, 50 families received training on gender equity, conflict resolution and leadership techniques and 15 community members were trained as technicians/promoters. With the support of these newly trained local experts, 10 biogas digesters and 9 solar cacao dryers were installed. These technologies empower local families, improving cacao yield and quality by providing organic fertiliser and post-harvest processing of a consistent quality, while simultaneously protecting local watersheds, substituting renewable energy for fossil fuels and firewood, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On June 5th, UN World Environment Day, the national winners of the Energy Globe Award were presented in a global online campaign under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP. The Energy Globe Award includes 177 participating nations and is the largest and most renowned environmental prize worldwide.

Read the full article here: Green Empowerment Project Wins 2016 National Energy Globe Award for Ecuador

Efficient Use of Excess Energy from Micro Hydro Plants in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on May 30th, 2016

One of our SEPS projects in Nepal has been successfully concluded. The project aimed to improve the sustainability of the Nishi Dovan MHP by using excess energy for organic vegetable farming and, consequently, providing additional income generating activities for local communities.Read moreMinimize

Management Innovations and Technology Solutions (MIT) implemented an irrigation water lifting technology with energy sourced from under-utilised micro hydro power plants to irrigate mountainous regions of Nepal. The local Kumal community in Western Baglung, where this SEPS project took place, depends mainly on manual labour and fishing. Consequently, lift irrigation provides an appropriate solution for promoting vegetable farming activities, while simultaneously improving the livelihoods of farmers and their families and making micro hydro plants more economic and sustainable.

Several issues and challenges were faced during the project duration. Among these were the inclusion of minority groups, distrust and disparity regarding the managing cooperative, geological challenges, ongoing disputes regarding the construction of the plastic ponds and severe rainfall. However, the community’s commitment, skills and contributions to the project created a conducive working environment and helped solve obstacles and challenges. The project infrastructure (irrigation system) was handed over to the community at the end of the project period. Every household benefiting from the irrigation system has to pay a monthly fee to the managing cooperative, which should also be able to sustain itself (and the new technology) in the future.

This pilot project used only one micro hydro plant to power the lift irrigation systems. Currently, there are 90 micro hydro plants in the Baglung District of Nepal, with a total installed capacity of 2500 kW. 60% of the excess energy from all the plants could be used to power lift irrigation, which would result in a water capacity of 12,734 m3/day that could be lifted to a height of 150 metres, irrigating 600 ha of land. Large-scale implementation in Nepal would require close cooperation between government authorities, stakeholders and the ministry of irrigation, industry and commerce.

More general information is available on our SEPS project page: Using excess energy from existing MHPs to create sustainable income generating activity in Nepal

Meet the WISIONS Team in Bonn and Berlin!

News from WISIONS posted on May 19th, 2016

The WISIONS team will participate in the "Bonn Climate Change Conference" (16th to 26th May 2016 in Bonn, Germany) and the "Berlin Conference on Global Environmental Change" (23rd to 24th May in Berlin, Germany).Read moreMinimize

The 2016 UNFCCC climate change conference in Bonn brings together representatives of all member countries of the UNFCCC for specific meetings on implementation and other business related to climate change agreements. This year's conference will include the forty-fourth session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement. Alongside the conference, many organisations organise side events intended to foster discussion and provide advice to policymakers attending the event. A list of the scheduled sessions is available here.

The 2016 Berlin Conference on Transformative Global Climate Governance “après Paris” is the 12th conference in the well established series of European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. The 2016 Berlin Conference was jointly initiated by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin in the context of DIE’s Klimalog project.

This year's edition discusses topics like how the Paris Agreement will affect the institutional landscape of global climate governance and which new priorities have emerged in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement and related decisions. The conference programme is available here.

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