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.
Advocacy and Replication of Community Organisers in Southeast Asia
News from WISIONS posted on March 14th, 2018
Southeast Asian members of the Hydro Empowerment Network have expressed a strong need to strengthen the local human resources – the so-called community organisers – who are at the heart of their work, by providing them with better support and increasing their numbers. The suggested solution for meeting this need is to collectively engage the micro hydro community organisers in the regions.
This WISIONS exchange programme with Green Empowerment aimed to enhance the community organisers in documentation and media management, to identify processes to provide guidance and training to new community organisers, and to use the findings and videos developed to advocate for community-centred approaches to micro-hydro power.
These aims were achieved through:
- the implementation of media training and workshops to enable community organisers at both practitioner and community level to become creators of cultural content in a “media world”, with results to be shared online with a global community of stakeholders;
- the facilitation of a workshop with existing community organisers to determine how HPNET can strengthen their current work and establish new community organisers; and
- the implementation of a research initiative to identify the specific needs and opportunities of partner organisations with regards to their community programmes.
The exchange activities provided an opportunity to gain further insight into the unique community organising styles and philosophies of each of the organsations involved: IBEKA (Indonesia), Tonibung (Malaysia), REAM (Myanmar), SIBAT and Yamog (the Philippines).
Waste to Wisdom – Supporting Biodigester Practitioners in Southeast Asia
News from WISIONS posted on March 7th, 2018
Eighty percent of rural households in Malaysia's North Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak still rely on firewood for cooking, which contributes to lung disease and, in some cases, deforestation. Green Empowerment and our partners aim to address this challenge through the knowledge exchange and follow up work with communities to deliver a cooking fuel alternative, while encouraging these communities to think about waste more creatively.
This SEPS knowledge exchange includes a two-week training course in Sri Lanka with additional training in Malaysian Borneo. While in Sri Lanka, the participants will learn in a classroom setting and visit a number of project sites, as well as participating in the construction of a biodigester. Green Empowerment and Janathakshan aim for the participants to leave the exchange with the ability to design, install and manage low-cost biogas digester systems. They are also expected to be able to teach these skills to their colleagues and to promote the dissemination of biodigester technology within their home regions.
The exchange event in Sri Lanka will take place from 10 – 22 March 2018.
Local Capacity-Building through RedBioEc, the Ecuadorian Biodigester Network
News from WISIONS posted on February 28th, 2018
The exchange activities are centred around a series of practical capacity-building workshops, bringing together a range of actors from community groups and academia with the direct ability to replicate and promote the advancement of biodigester technology.
In addition, the exchange programme provides support for the creation of locally and regionally appropriate training materials, “field days” to promote biodigester implementation to potential users and public agencies, and a national-level event to share local experiences, raise awareness of the technology within public and international agencies, promote existing replication capacity created through the exchange, and strengthen the national level network.
Recently, the first out of three initial workshops was carried out in El Paraíso (Imbabura, Northern Sierra, 19 - 21 Feb). It focused on practical details of tubular plastic digester design/sizing, installation, and appropriate siting to ensure sustainability.
Participants represented rural community organisations, smallholders and local universities, and a significant number came from local government and agribusinesses, providing an opportunity to integrate additional viewpoints into discussions of biodigester application during the workshop. The vast majority of the participants aim to install and/or improve an existing biodigester within the next three months.
The following two workshops will take place in El Empalme (Guayas, South/Central Coast, 23 – 26 Mar) and Ayancay (Cañar, Southern Sierra, 26 – 28 Mar).