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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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Third Mini-Grids Webinar Series Edition Announcement

News from WISIONS posted on September 3rd, 2019

The Mini-Grids Webinar Series 2019 by the Hydro Empowerment Network (HPNET) will hold again a public webinar on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 2:00 pm CEST! The topic will be on "Mini-Grid Sustainability: Transitioning to Enterprise-based Micro-Hydropower"Register here!Read moreMinimize

Collective research and hindsight within the Hydro Empowerment Network reveal that the long-term sustainability and impact of hydro mini-grids is dependent on how well the project is run as a viable and inclusive enterprise. This webinar - the 3rd in the series- will feature mini-grid practitioners in South and Southeast Asia who are leading the transition from grant dependent to enterprise based micro and mini-hydropower projects.  The webinar will present: 

  • The Linkage between enterprise-based approaches and long-lived hydro mini-grids;
  • Best practices to transition from grant-dependent to local social enterprise models, based on micro hydro experience in Nepal, Malaysia, and Indonesia; 
  • Solutions to scale their efforts to more micro hydro communities, including how to make better use of funding resources that currently go toward grant-dependent projects. 
Presentations will be followed by a Q/A session open to all participants. 


Risha Piya: Programm Specialist at Winrock International in Nepal. 

Ayu Abdullah: Co-Founder and Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Energy Action Partners. 

Iskandar Kuntoadji: Founder of IBEKA, the People Centered Business and Economic Institute, Indonesia. 

More information about the vita of the speakers can be found on Energypedia!

Moderator: Ranisha Basnet

Thematic Discussant: Dipti Vaghela, Co-Founder and Manager of HPNET

Date: Tuesday, 17 September 2019 at 2:00 pm CEST

More information on Energypedia!

Register here for the Webinar!

Announcement: 6th RedBioLAC Webinar on 25th September 2019!

News from WISIONS posted on September 11th, 2019

The upcoming webinar will be on "Biogas in semi-arid family farming in Brazil" and will take place on 25th September 2019 at 8 am CST (4 pm CEST)! El próximo webinar será sobre "Biogás en la agricultura familiar semiárido de Brasil" y tendrá lugar el 25 de septiembre de 2019 a las 8 am CST (4 pm CEST).Registers aqui!Read moreMinimize

English Version: 

Climate change and desertification are increasingly threatening the livelihoods of peasant families in Brazil's semi-arid region. The use of charcoal and firewood represents about 30% of the energy matrix in the northeast of the country, reaching 80% of the energy demands of family agriculture in the region that still suffers the effects of recent years of drought.

Diaconia created the Biodigestor Sertanejo model on a domestic scale, which produces 15 to 25 m3 of biogas per month from the use of animal manure. This model is built with materials that are easily found in the local market, which facilitates replication.

As a result, we have reduced GHG emissions and deforestation. In addition, there are impacts from improved soil management, as well as biogas production and the use of biofertilizers. The improvement in the quality of life of women is significant, as is the guarantee of the permanence of rural families in the region.

Spanish Version: 

El cambio climático y la desertificación son cada vez más amenazantes para la permanencia de las familias campesinas en la región semiárida de Brasil. El uso de carbón y leña representa alrededor del 30% de la matriz energética en el noreste del país, alcanzando el 80% de las demandas energéticas de la agricultura familiar en la región que aún sufre los efectos de los últimos años de sequía.

Diaconia creó el modelo Biodigestor Sertanejo a escala doméstica, que produce 15 a 25 m3 de biogás por mes a partir del uso de estiércol animal. Este modelo está construido con materiales que se encuentran fácilmente en el mercado local, lo que facilita su replicación.

Como resultado, hemos reducido las emisiones de GEI y la deforestación. Además, hay impactos por mejorar el manejo del suelo, así como la producción de biogás y el uso de biofertilizantes. La mejora de la calidad de vida de las mujeres es significativa, como lo es la garantía de la permanencia de las familias rurales en la región

More information here!

Recordings of RedBioLAC Webinars No 4 and No 5

News from WISIONS posted on September 10th, 2019

RedBioLAC hold two informative webinars on 31 July and 28 August. Both recordings have been published now and are now open for watching online and are hold in Spanish language! Read moreMinimize

Webinar No 4 from 31 July ( see RedBioLAC Webinar on "Biogás en la producción de café" July 28th, 2019) on the use of biodigesters in coffee production. The slides can be found here!


Webinar No 5 from 28 August ( see 5th RedbioLAC Webinar on 28th August 2019! August 16th, 2019) on "Case studies for the implementation of anaerobic biodigestion in the Argentinian poultry sector"! The slides can also be found here!


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