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.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the 12th SDEWES Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia
News from WISIONS posted on September 26th, 2017
This year’s conference is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars.
Our team will give a presentation entitled "Energizing the WEF-Nexus to Enhance Sustainable Development" on Thursday, 5th October.
More information, including a full conference programme and details on the venue, is available on the event’s website.
New Article by the WISIONS Team Published in Sustainability Science
News from WISIONS posted on September 25th, 2017
There is signiﬁcant potential for family farming to contribute to several dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. Our authors' research aims to provide insights to help strengthen sustainable family farming. We focus on initiatives that have advanced sustainable family farming innovations in Colombia and analyse the factors and dynamics that have led to the limited penetration of those innovations across the country.
The full article is available online here.
Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access in Nepal
News from WISIONS posted on September 20th, 2017
The 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks triggered landslides and other geo-hazards, causing massive destruction. This also affected micro-hydro power plants (MHPs) which had been installed by Practical Action in 2013 and 2014. All these MHPs were destroyed by the earthquake and became non-operational. Consequently, the 14 energy-based enterprises which had been established during the project period were no longer able to operate.
This project worked towards restoring access to electricity for lighting and for operating appliances at domestic level, as well as for powering enterprises and community services. It restored three micro-hydro plants in the Gorkha District, which power 585 households as well as ten enterprises and schools. They now feature an earthquake-resilient design. This initially posed a challenge to local manufacturers and contractors as it is still uncommon to construct aseismic buildings in Nepal.
Apart from the restoration of three MHPs, the activities of Practical Action and local partner Goreto Gorkha included the mobilisation of communities (labour and materials), capacity-building measures for MHP management committees and operators, and the provision of technical and operational monitoring.
More general information is available on our SEPS project page, where a detailed project summary will be published soon: RISE - Rebuilding Infrastructure for Sustainable Energy Access