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Mutual Learning Workshop for Biogas Consolidation in Costa Rica Report

News from WISIONS posted on December 2nd, 2019

Asobiogas and WISIONS have published the final report of the Mutual Learning Workshop for Biogas Consolidation in Costa Rica which took place in Cariari, Costa Rica in July this year. Read moreMinimize

This Mutual Learning Workshop for Biogas Consolidation in Costa Rica took place last July, where WISIONS Team member Willington Ortiz was present and co-organized the workshop. This workshop marked the first phase of a cooperative project that aims at developing and testing an intervention strategy to consolidate biodigestion technology as a real tool to improve agricultural production in Costa Rica.

In the workshop the participants identified five challenge areas for the successful development of biodigestion projects in Costa Rica:
1. Ensure the proper operation and maintenance of already installed biodigesters
2. Ensure quality in the provision of the technology and related services
3. Overcome hindering attitudes of farmers towards the changes implied to the adoption of biodigesters
4. Improve institutional frameworks
5. Dealing with challenging conditions of small farmers

During the workshop, the first two critical areas were prioritized and concrete options for dealing with them were co-designed. The results of the workshop provides valuable inputs for the further implementation of the collaborative project. They also provide a sound systematization of the challenges and potentials that biodigestion features today for the small and medium agricultural sector in Costa Rica.

The full report can be downloaded HERE!


Keynote by Julia Terrapon-Pfaff at workshop „Energy for everyone - fair and sustainable “

News from WISIONS posted on November 25th, 2019

Research inputs from Wuppertal Institute and WISIONS at workshop organized by unternehmer nrw, BMZ, BDI and Carl Duisberg Association at 10 December 2019. Read moreMinimize

The Landesvereinigung der Unternehmensverbände Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. (unternehmer nrw) will organize a workshop in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and Carl Duisberg Association (CDG) with the topic of „Energy for everyone – fair and sustainable“ (orig. „Energie für alle – fair und nachhaltig“). Under the guiding theme of the Sustainable Development Goals SDG 7 „Affordable and Clean Energy“ as well as SDG 13 „Action to combat climate change“ the workshop will be giving insights on the topic the audience and exemplary ideas given by the lecturers of the keynotes.

The event is aimed at companies, federations, members of politics, administration and interested public. On behalf oft he Wuppertal Institute and the WISIONS Initiative the researcher Julia Terrapon-Pfaff will hold a keynote lecture on the topic of „Sustainable Transformation of international Energy Systems“.


The event is free of charge and registration possible under the following link:
https://www.registration-bdi.eu/de/sdg/registrierung/

The agenda and further detailed information can be accessed under following link:
https://bdi.eu/der-bdi/termine-und-veranstaltungen/#/termin/news/nachhaltigkeit-erfolgreich-wirtschaft-und-sdgs/


Recording of RedBioLAC Webinar on SEPS-Exchange is online!

News from WISIONS posted on November 18th, 2019

RedBioLAC organized a webinar on 13th November, disclosing the experiences, insights and developments of an SEPS Exchange project on biogas in Costa Rica. The recording of the webinar is now online!Read moreMinimize

English Version:

Since approximately thirty years biodigestion technology has been applied by the agricultural sector in Costa Rica. However, the current progress is mostly based on the implementation of small-scale agriculture and generally linked to specific government programs, which are generally dispersed and disjointed.

Based on this experience the Asociación Costarricense de Biogás and the WISIONS collaborate in order to develop strategies to consolidate biodigestion technology as a tool to improve agricultural production in Costa Rica. This project is accounted as the WISIONS SEPS Exchange project  "Exchange: Consolidating the Adoption of Small and Medium-Scale Biogas Technology by Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica (SEPS16).

Main milestone in this exchange project consisted of a two day workshop for Biogas Consolidation in July 2019, gathering farmers, government officials, biodigester suppliers and researcher in order to address current challenges for bringing biodigester technology forward in Costa Rica. WISIONS team collaborator  Dr. Willington Ortiz participated in this workshop and gave some reports from it. (WISIONS & Asobiogás Workshop in Costa Rica, WISIONS News 19 July 2019).

Versión en español:

Desde hace aproximadamente treinta años la tecnología de biodigestión ha sido aplicada por el sector agrícola en Costa Rica. Sin embargo, el progreso actual se basa principalmente en la implementación de la agricultura en pequeña escala y generalmente vinculada a programas gubernamentales específicos, que generalmente están dispersos y desarticulados.
Con base en esta experiencia, la Asociación Costarricense de Biogás y WISIONS colaboran en el desarrollo de estrategias para consolidar la tecnología de biodigestión como una herramienta para mejorar la producción agrícola en Costa Rica. Este proyecto se contabiliza como el proyecto WISIONS SEPS Exchange "Exchange: Consolidating the Adoption of Small and Medium-Scale Biogas Technology by Livestock Farmers in Costa Rica (SEPS16).
El hito principal en este proyecto de intercambio consistió en un taller de dos días para la consolidación del biogás en julio de 2019, que reunió a agricultores, funcionarios gubernamentales, proveedores de biodigestores e investigadores con el fin de abordar los desafíos actuales para hacer avanzar la tecnología de biodigestores en Costa Rica. El Dr. Willington Ortiz, colaborador del equipo de WISIONS, participó en este taller y presentó algunos informes al respecto. (WISIONS & Asobiogás Workshop in Costa Rica, WISIONS News 19 July 2019).

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