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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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WISIONS last Newsletter for 2021 – End of Year Reflection

News from WISIONS posted on January 19th, 2022

In WISIONS last newsletter of the year we recap our work in 2021 as an initiative that empowers individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. It presents a selection of our highlights of the last twelve months and concludes with an end-of-year reflection, in which we look back on what kept WISIONS, our partners and the energy access sphere worldwide busy this year.Read moreMinimize

The highlights of this edition are:

  • WISIONS goes to COP26 – our side event at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow that we co-organised with ACCESS Coalition. Under the motto “Making the Last Mile the First Mile!” we asked practitioners working towards advancing just energy transitions how to best involve people as “co-creators of future energy systems”. In the context of putting people in the centre of efforts to deliver universal access to energy in the Global South the panel discussed their lessons learned and practical challenges ahead. The discussion established the crucial role of CSOs, who can act as a “missing link” connecting governments and communities. The panel concluded that just energy transitions are possible, if local needs and local knowledge are taken into account.
  • Our work in the Let Communities Lead initiative that advocates for increased empowerment, local ownership and self-governance in order to let communities take the lead transforming their energy futures. After kicking the initiative off with an online event, the first report launched and WISIONS is proud to present our case study of a collaborative learning approach in the context of biodigesters for family farmers in Costa Rica. Family farms were used as learning spaces, where farmers interested in implementing biodigesters could get in touch with those who have successfully done so and learn from them. Read all about our costa rican story!
  • The 30th anniversary of the Wuppertal Institute was celebrated with a scientific conference in Wuppertal. Under the motto “ZUKUNFTSWISSEN: shaping the future in an innovative, transformative and crisis-proof way”, it aimed to open a new chapter in transformation research and took a close look at the challenges ahead in moving towards a socially and ecologically just world. Opportunities of transformation were discussed in the arenas of mobility, industry, energy, resources, urban living, nutrition, prosperity and consumption. Have a look!
  • WISIONS end-of-year reflection where we confirmed the main objective of our work: implementing holistic approaches to transform energy systems, particularly the productive use of energy. This year also highlighted the importance of local energy practitioner networks for fulfilling SDG7 by providing the framework for peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges, which is a very effective way of climbing the learning curve. When being on site is not possible, having strong local networks is essential for the continuity of projects. WISIONS will continue to work closely with our network partners.

You can find the last Newsletter of 2021 here! If you want to receive our Newsletter in the future, you can subscribe through the sidebar on the right of WISIONS homepage.

We are looking forward to a great new year 2022!


Virtual training opportunity for hydro mini-grids

News from WISIONS posted on January 13th, 2022

Have you wondered what hydro mini-grids are? Are you a hydro practitioner trying to implement them in your community? If so, you should not miss out the upcoming virtual training of our partner HPNET! The admission free training is a great opportunity to gain first insights, or deepen your knowledge on the fundamentals of community-scale hydro mini-grids.Read moreMinimize

The 6 week program is part of Hydro Empowerment Networks initiative Social Enterprise for Energy, Ecological and Economic Development (SEEED), supported by WISIONS, that aims to support practitioners and communities to customize proven sustainability mechanisms to local contexts, enabling climate resilience and socio-economic co-benefits through community-scale hydro.

The virtual training takes place from February 7th to March 18th, 2022, and will provide participants with an extensive introduction on the fundamental elements of sustainable community-scale hydropower implementation. While focussing on technical and local enterprise aspects of community hydro systems it is suited for beginners, as well as experienced practitioners who want to refresh their knowledge. The program consists of the following six modules:

  1. Orientation to Micro-Hydro Mini-Grids
  2. Social Enterprise Models for Mini-Grids
  3. Demand Assessment
  4. Water Resource Assessment
  5. Terrain Assessment
  6. Power Output Design

After the kick-off session on the 7th of February, the participants will complete one module per week – mostly self-paced via the learning management system of SEEED. A weekly Q&A session with experts, as well as opportunities for peer-to-peer dialogue will be provided during the training. Register now till 1st of February!



RedBioLAC’s 4th ​​Boletín de noticias for 2021

News from WISIONS posted on January 11th, 2022

In its last newsletter of the year RedBioLAC recaps their work as a network for applied research, implementation and advocacy for biodigesters in the last months of 2021. It presents a selection of RedBioLACs latest webinars, publications and events in the context of biodigesters and biogas in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read moreMinimize

The edition highlights among others:

  • New research insights in renewable energy, with the publication of the 5th annual edition of RedBioLAC’s journal Revista. In 15 papers this issue takes a close look at five different countriesfocussing mainly on the technology of co-digestion, while also discussing community and educational experiences in the context of biodigestion, as well as biodigestion with municipal or urban organic waste.
  • A webinar about the development and experience of implementing biodigesters in Ecuador in cooperation with RedBioEC. It featured discussions with different practitioners and actors in the field of biodigesters, biogas and anaerobic digestion – find the recording here.
  • The network's annual meeting Encuentro was held for the 13th time in October. Multiple webinars and presentations highlighted the various aspects of biodigestion and biogas, while an inter-network forum gave four organisations from the biodigestion sphere the opportunity to present their work. Parallel to the presentations, expert consultation rooms were opened, giving participants the chance to address questions concerning their own projects and receive help by biogas and anaerobic digestion experts. Watch the recordings via Youtube.
  • An online event launched the publication of the book “Rural energy poverty, contributions to facilitate access to energy in rural Peru: the Cajamarca case". It takes a deep-dive into the topic of rural energy poverty in Peru, written by the CSO Energía, Ambiente y Sostenibilidad and published with the support of Green Empowerment.

You can visit RedBioLACs website for further information!


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