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.

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Improving family farmers livelihood through biodigesters

News from WISIONS posted on June 15th, 2021

Family farming represents a strong pillar of Costa Rica's agricultural sector, as well as the application of biodigesters in the field for nearly two decades. Unfortunately, the number of active biodigesters has been decreasing recently due to insufficient maintenance or trust among farmers. Resulting from this unfortunate development, WISIONS and our regional partner in Latin America Asobiogas hold a workshop in 2019 to discuss strategies for the reestablishment of biodigesters, which is now becoming a new core project of the WISIONS initiative.Read moreMinimize

Costa Rica is known to have a strong agricultural sector largely constituted by small and medium-sized farms run by family farmers (appr. 55% of all registered agricultural enterprises), providing employment and income. Additionally, biodigesters have been promoted substantially by different stakeholders during the last two decades as renewable energy sources for those family farmers to tackle environmental and economic challenges. In particular during the COVID-19 pandemic those family farmers have been identified as a major factor in the latest economic development plan of the government to build-up economic and social resilience. However, in case of the biodigesters, maintenance became an increasing issue. Hence, many biodigesters became abandoned or not fully active recently.

The Costa Rican biogas association (Asobiogas) addressed this problem and organised a workshop in July 2019 and came to the conclusion that family farmers significantly represent important actors to reestablish these biodigesters again. For this, five key points have been articulated in order to rebuild trust again into biodigesters among family farmers and ensure again the adoption of sustainable energy solutions in this important agricultural sector. Additionally, the adoption of a multistakeholder approach by inclusion of family-farmers successfully applying biodigesters, biogas researchers, local energy practitioners and other local actors will create a knowledge exchange platform in order to revitalize the application of biogas technology among other family farmers. The main goal here is to make use of successful strategies in biogas applications and giving other families the opportunity for adaptation.

WISIONS supports this core project, as it accentuates the importance of local knowledge among family farmers for establishing sustainable transition for renewable energy access. A series of exchanges between these different stakeholders -in particularly family farmers- will be facilitated and by the time, further insights will lead to a best case example how local knowledge can build up resilience and capacity building for successful energy access in the Global South. 

The core project will be facilitated in collaboration with our local partner Asobiogas and also members of the RedBioLACwhich has been working with us already in the past for the further consolidation of biodigesters technology and biomass gasification.  The resource and project management of the RedbioLAC is carried out by our US-based partner Green Empowerment.

Upcoming Webinar from RedBioLAC

News from WISIONS posted on June 7th, 2021

Okay, biodigesters producing thermal and electrical energy is nothing new. But did you know about their contribution to wastewater management? Subsequent to the first webinar in RedBioLACs webinar series about biodigestion in the agricultural and livestock sector and matching the focus of this year’s World Environment Day, the sequel, talks about two different examples using biodigesters in wastewater treatment and restoration projects. Register here!Read moreMinimize

First, Raúl Botero (Costa Rica) will present a study that introduced wastewater coming from the daily cleaning s of livestock floors before collecting septic sludge and conducting the decontamination process.

Afterwards, Julián Andrés Giraldo (Colombia) will present a restoration project in a micro basin in the Colombian Andes. The recovery efforts of the basin were complemented with decontamination systems, consisting of biodigesters and aquatic plants, to treat waters from livestock farming and to simultaneously generate biogas and biofertilizer.

The event will be held online the 9th of June at 8am Costa Rican time, but will be available afterwards, as well. Please note that the webinar will be held in Spanish. 

Register here for the webinar!

Call for papers and case studies / Llamado de artículos y estudios de caso

News from WISIONS posted on May 26th, 2021

Attention, researchers! There’s a new call for papers and case studies for the 5th edition of our regional partnership’s magazine Revista RedBioLAC. --- Atención, investigadores! Hay un nuevo llamado de artículos y estudios de caso para la 5a edición de la Revista RedBioLAC.Read moreMinimize

(english version)

Since 2017 the magazine has been published annually, distributing papers about anaerobic digestion, the core topic of RedBioLAC. Being released in digital format for the first time, this edition provides increased accesibility and range. Researchers from Latin America and the Carribean are invited to contribute technical and scientific articles as wells as study cases about applied biodigestion in the region at small, medium and large scale, To apply, a summary of the paper (max. 500 words) must be sent.

For further information, please click here.

(versión en español)

La revista se publica anualmente desde 2017, distribuyendo artículos sobre la digestión anaeróbica que es el tema central de nuestra asociación regional RedBioLAC. Siendo lanzada en formato digital por primera vez, esta edición contará con una difusión mayor y un acceso más sencillo por parte del lector/la lectora.

Tod@s l@s investigadores de América Latina y el Caribe están invitad@s a contribuir con artículos técnico-científicos y estudios de caso sobre la biodigestión aplicada en la región en pequeña, media y gran escala. Para postular, envíe un resúmen (500 palabras máx) hasta el 10 de Junio.

Para más información, ver en este enlace.

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