News in brief
Laurence Tommasino took up the position of executive director of GERES last month. After her 17 years of experience in rural development in France, Madagascar and Myanmar, Laurence had joined our organization in January 2015 as deputy executive director.
After 12 years of commitment alongside GERES' teams, Mathieu Ruillet has left his position of executive director since November 25th to embark on new personal and professional adventures.
Despite its high solar energy potential, Afghanistan still relies on traditional solid fuels and much can be done to change that. This is why, after successful collaborations with the Kabul Municipality in the past, we are going to continue working with local authorities to go even further in the energy transition.
The year 2015 was marked for GERES by the tremendous echo offered by COP21 around our causes. All the actors now perceive the emergency to move towards sustainability and low carbon development, giving our team a new impulse in their commitment to meet these common challenges.
GERES has joined the Climate Technology Center and Network! As a member of this network, we are invited to play a meaningful role in information sharing and capacity building, providing technical assistance in response to country requests. Which is exactly in line with the mandate our organization has set for itself over the past 40 years.
The Central Highlands Program we are implementing in Afghanistan targets the general improvement of living conditions in rural areas through support to sustainable agriculture, energy-saving solutions, and natural resources management. And the results of the project are already tangible.
On December 8th last year, the first Energy Information Center was inaugurated in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The new center, its documentation and the various pedagogical material were introduced to the guests, as well as the advisers who will work there.
Our 2014 annual report is now out. Accessible in digital format, it can be downloaded from our website.
Two Jatropha pure vegetable oil production units inaugurated in Mali, sustainable hammams and an Energy Information center in Morocco, bioclimatic houses in Afghanistan, but also obtaining the IDEAS label or taking part in the COP20 in Lima were among the most significant events of 2014 for GERES.
On June 6, 2015, GERES participated in the largest ever global citizen consultation on climate and energy by organizing simultaneously two big events, in Afghanistan and Mali.
New faces have arrived at the direction of GERES! Alain Guinebault, who led our NGO for 25 years, is preparing to retire.
Mathieu Ruillet has taken over as new Executive Director as of May 1st, 2015. A new position of Deputy Executive Director has also been assigned to Laurence Tommasino.