This SEPS exchange aimed to develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners in Ecuador and to form linkages between actors with interest in the technology at local and national levels.
October 2017 - May 2019
Previous projects in the region had demonstrated a significant skills gap on biogas technology. This project aimed to fill that gap by working in three villages in Ecuador to develop a strong base of biodigester practitioners in Ecuador and forming relationships at local and national levels.
The activities actively engaged researchers, government, civil society and farmers’ organizations, and in particular community groups and other actors able to replicate biodigester technology in Ecuador.
A national-level event provided a platform to:
The activities included:
1. Three capacity-building workshops in three different regions (Feb/Mar 2018)
2. Follow-up workshops to reinforce the first series, responding to concerns and weaknesses identified by participants.
3. Field Days (May 2018) to raise awareness of biodigester technology among local/regional actors, particularly smallholders, local government staff and civil society organizations.
4. National Event (September 2018): To strengthen national-level collaboration between actors interested and active biodigestion in Ecuador, including key national and local government representatives.
5. Financial and technical support for eight participants to apply their newly acquired capacities, resulting in the installation of seven pilot biodigesters in their communities.
Positive: The consecutive workshop format combining theoretical courses, hand-on training and field visits proved effective in building local technical capacity, raising awareness and promoting knowledge exchange between diverse actors.
Negative: Reaching a more cohesive and active network of practitioners proved difficult.