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.
SEPS Project: Improving the Value Chain of Cacao Production in Ecuador
News from WISIONS posted on September 28th, 2015
While the overall project design and feasibility study were part of last year’s activities, the recent project phase included the implementation of renewable energy technologies such as biodigesters and solar dryers, as well as the delivery of training programmes to secure their installation, use and management. Training sessions also included the dissemination of know-how on improving cacao cultivation and subsequent market access for local produce.
Over the course of the last few months, ten individual family-owned biodigesters have been successfully installed. Furthermore, three of the nine envisaged solar dryers for cacao are in operation, with the remaining six to be installed in the coming weeks.
More than 80 hours of practical field training on improving cacao bean cultivation have been delivered to over 40 participants, while 15 local operators have received hands-on experience in the use, maintenance and management of the new technologies. Consultations and negotiations with cacao value chain actors to ensure appropriate prices for sustainably produced cacao from CRECER’s communities are still ongoing.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the Tropentag 2015 in Berlin
News from WISIONS posted on September 2nd, 2015
The annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.
The WISIONS team will present a research poster on "Community-led Innovations for Sustainable Land Use – Lessons from the Association of Indigenous and Peasant Producers (ASPROINCA) of Riosucio in Colombia".
Meet the WISIONS Team at the 5th World Sustainability Forum in Basel
News from WISIONS posted on August 19th, 2015
The forum aims to be a platform for researchers to present and engage with research-relevant stakeholders on issues relating to sustainability. The event will be structured in three thematic areas: "Sustainable Science, Technology, and Energy", "Sustainable Consumption, Lifestyles, Mobility, and Cities" and "Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management".
The WISIONS team will present the following keynote lectures:
7th September, 16.15 – 17.45: "Practitioners Knowledge Exchange and Networks in the Global South – A Sustainable Path to Foster Innovative Energy Know-How?" (Stream 4)
8th September, 08.30 – 10.30: "Biogas Innovations through Grassroots Movements. Learnings from the Latin American Experience" (Stream 3)
9th September, 15.15 – 16.15: "Delivery Models for Sustainable Energy Technologies – What are Feasible Approaches in Developing Regions?" (Stream 1)
More information on the 5th World Sustainability Forum, including the whole conference programme, is available on the SciForum website.