WISIONS of Sustainability
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.
Raising awareness on renewable energy in rural Argentina
News from WISIONS posted on August 19th, 2019
The Jujuy province in the far north-west of Argentina can be described as mostly rural and experiences the shortcomings of industrial transformation since the local mining sector is declining in its importance to the Argentinian economy. Under these circumstances Fundacion EcoAndina provides alternatives and promotes solar energy to the local communities and educational institutions as a mean to make Jujuy more sustainable and establishing sustainable economic development in the region. The work of Fundacion EcoAndina is mostly focussed on raising awareness in schools, universities and local communities as well as showcasing the technical experience of EcoAndina in their CEDIERA centre. This centre consists of theirEcoSolar House, a best practice example for energy efficient building construction, and a technology park with different examples of solar technology (e-bikes, solar cookers, warm water systems and more). More detailed information about the work of Fundacion EcoAndina and their CEDIERA centre is accessible on our website Exchange: Jujuy On The Path To Green Energy (SEPS16) and from EcoAndina.
This year, EcoAndina was very active and conducted several lectures, presentations, trainings, capacity-building and awareness events. Especially raising awareness for sustainable development solutions at events such as „World Environment Day“ in local schools contributed highly in institutionalizing the importance of implementing sustainable alternatives in rural communities such as in Jujuy. Furthermore, EcoAndina hold lectures and technical trainings for university students in the field of engineering and economics. These technical trainings are also open to local residents in order to learn more about the benefits of solar energy in the household and daily life. During these trainings, events and presentations, EcoAndina collaborated with regional and national partners such as the Ministry of Environment, , National Advisory Board for Future Energy Politics in Argentina and Ministry of Education. In particular the educational institutions recognized the importance of the topic and approached EcoAndina for developing school curricula on sustainable development in primary and secondary schools. But also tertiary educational institutions approached EcoAndina for collaborations, namely University of National Defense and National University of Jujuy.
Especially the latter collaborations enabled the opportunity for students from the economics department to absolve internships at Fundacion EcoAndina, which creates mutual benefits for EcoAndina and the students. First the students can apply their theoretical knowledge directly in the field of sustainability and renewable energy. Second the Foundation EcoAndina strengthens their networks and can further develop a sustainable business model in cooperation with the arrived interns. Related to this, additional interns from the United States and Spain have been welcomed by Fundacion EcoAndina. Summing up the variety of organized public events, the support of WISIONS enabled Fundacion EcoAndina to become a well recognized and institutionalized regional NGO for the promotion of solar energy in Jujuy. From the perspective of WISIONS it is exciting to observe, how the financial support of WISIONS enabled a local NGO in rural Argentina to create impact and further becoming an institution for renewable energy promotion in the region. In a nutshell, their expertise on solar energy combined with the support of WISIONS made EcoAndina a highly acknowledged institution for consultation for renewable energy solutions in the region.
Find more information about the work of Fundacion EcoAndina on their website or Facebook page. Here you can discover the latest activities of EcoAndina and how they aim to make Jujuy more aware of renewable energy opportunities.
Announcement: 5th RedbioLAC Webinar on 28th August 2019!
News from WISIONS posted on August 16th, 2019
Hola hispanohablantes! The fifth edition of the RedBioLAC webinar series is coming and this time it will be all about: "Case studies for the implementation of anaerobic biodigestion in the Argentinian poultry sector". More information about speakers and timetable will be announced soon! Register here following this Link!
Hola hispanohablantes! La quinta edición de la serie de webinars de la serie de webinars de RedBioLACestá llegando y esta vez se tratará de todo: „Casos de estudios para la implementación de la biodigestión anaeróbica en el sector avícola argentino". Próximamente se anunciará más información sobre los ponentes y el horario. Regístrese aquí siguiendo este enlace!
New edition of the quarterly HPNET Newsletter!
News from WISIONS posted on August 15th, 2019
Our partnership network HPNET has been very active lately and collected some amazing stories for their newsletter "The Flow". Here are some introducing highlights:
- 4th Gathering of Practitioners at the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2019
- Deep Dive Workshop with WISIONS at the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2019 on "Scaling Social Enterprise"
- Experiences from an regional practice-to-policy exchange in India/Myanmar/Nepal on advancing community centric hydropower
- Second edition of HPNET Webinar Series 2019 on "Mini-Grid Financing: Enabling the Role of Local Banks" with insights from financial experts from Southeast Asia.
- Exciting stories from Women Energy Practitioners in Nepal.