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.
Second National Meeting of the RedBioCOL in Meta, Colombia
News from WISIONS posted on September 27th, 2016
This time, member associations and organisations of the RedBioCOL network from 12 Colombian Departamentos will attend the event to showcase their work, discuss challenges and ensure maintenance and sustainability of their projects.
The interested public (groups and individuals with academic background, rural communities or local indigenous population) is welcome to participate in the event as well, strengthening overall diversity and exchange.
From 27th to 29th September there will be internal sessions and discussions among network members, focusing on RedBioCOL's current SEPS project and other aspects.
On 30th September, a forum on agriecological production in the tropics will be held at Universidad de los Llanos in Villavicencio, while on 1st October there will be several learning-by-doing activities offered by the Asociación de Mercados Campesinos del Meta, where local farmers will share and demonstrate their experiences.
Meet the WISIONS Team at the IOREC Conference in Nairobi, Kenya
News from WISIONS posted on September 26th, 2016
IOREC is the global platform for sharing experiences and best practices about design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems. The first edition of IOREC was organised in Accra, Ghana in 2012 and the second in Manila, Philippines, in 2014.
The 2016 conference will take place back-to-back with the SEED Africa Symposium (28 - 29 September), an international forum to stimulate growth of social and eco-entrepreneurship in Africa.
In parallel with the Conference, ARE will organise an exhibition to give the private sector an opportunity to showcase products/projects, and offer participants networking opportunities. We especially encourage the ARE members to participate, present its products and projects and showcase the technologies and know-how at the forefront of off-grid renewables.
Watershed Development and Conservation in the Ancestral Forests of Ulu Papar (Malaysia)
News from WISIONS posted on September 23rd, 2016
Since 2014, Green Empowerment and Tonibung have been providing the villages of Pongobonon, Lokogungan and Kalangaan with access to clean water and renewable electricity. These villages are located in the forests of Ulu Papar, within the Malaysian state of Sabah’s Crocker Range. As a community-based project, the initiative relied on the indigenous Dusun residents themselves to act as the main driving force, with technical and administrative support from Green Empowerment and Tonibung.
The aim was to construct three micro-hydro power systems in the villages. From a technical perspective, each system posed unique design challenges: Pongobonon’s watersource consisted of large, immovable boulders, necessitating the use of a coanda intake. In Kalangaan, the team was forced to innovate in its design and construction approach due to the location being inaccessible by vehicles. Locally available construction materials were favoured in order to minimise the need to carry in steel and cement. Several challenges were also faced in Longkogungan; for example, its remote location posed signifcant logistical challenges, but offered an ideal site for Janathakshan’s concrete turbine.
The final stages in this SEPS project are:
- To complete the installation of the Longkogungan micro-hydro system, and the concrete turbine training sessions at the site
- To complete the installation of the pre-paid meters, as well as the training sessions for credit vendors in all three villages
- To complete the installation of water filters in Kalangaan and Longkogungan
- To hold official handover ceremonies in each village