News in brief
On her return from the Climate Change Conference (COP 18) where she was representing GERES, our climate expert Vanessa Laubin gives us this report. The disappointment may have been particularly harsh, but this does not mean that civil society should give up the fight. Now more than ever, we all need to be aware of the climate emergency and mobilize accordingly.
Rubbish can be worth its weight in gold! That has to be the slogan for the 2012 Compost Tour, which took in eight towns in the Bouches-du-Rhône area from 17 to 25 November, as part of European Waste Reduction Week. Around 500 people were involved in the 2012 edition.
Since 2002, Afghanistan has been engaged in a reconstruction process funded by international aid. GERES has been involved from the outset with the plan to introduce energy efficiency techniques into the renovation of public buildings (schools, hospitals and government buildings). Then, in 2004, GERES began to apply the techniques and successful experiments to the improvement of rural housing, setting up vocational training centres. As a result, in 2010 and 2012, two major projects were completed.
Juliette Ketehoundje, 35 years old and mother of five, is the founder and president of the Kpondeou women's group. Since 2001, she leads a women's gathering that processes and sells agricultural products in the Zou region of Benin. The technical support provided by GERES in the context of the implementation of the SETUP project has greatly facilitated the women's work.
The 18th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change has just begun in Doha, Qatar. GERES will participate in the summit as a member of the Climate and Development Commission of Coordination SUD. Once again, development NGOs will echo the voice of the poorest populations in the South to make sure their interests are taken into account in the negotiations.
Nexus-Carbon for Development will host a webinar to introduce the new CDM Decision Tool created by GERES and its partners on Thursday December 6th (9:00am UTC). This tool aims at helping development practioners finance or co-finance their low carbon projects.
GERES supports the KPONDEOU group in Benin, which enables more than 120 women in the area of Zou to process their agricultural raw materials into food products using multifunction processing platforms.With a 90% female membership, the group helps women in particular to engage in new income-generating activities which can improve living conditions for their whole families. This has led to Juliette Ketehoundje, the group's founder and president, winning the POWEO "Women" award, which she received on 23 October at the Cité Internationale in Paris.
Le 8 novembre 2012, les acteurs régionaux et extrarégionaux de la filière biogaz se sont rencontrés lors d’une conférence sur la méthanisation en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, organisée et animée par le GERES à la Maison de la Région à Marseille.
As part of the European Waste Reduction Week, the garden composting network is working hard to organize its compost tour, with support from the Bouches-du-Rhône Departmental Council and ADEME. Facilitated by GERES, the network arranges a tour every year in the Bouches-du-Rhône area.
On 9 November 2012, Gaël BOGOTTO, leader of the GERES “Energy Management” project, will be speaking between 11 a.m. and midday at the round table on "Retrofitting an apartment block – a joint project needing support" during the Apartment Block Solutions Show. This round table aims to share feedback from the experience of the Le Campra apartment block in Aix-en-Provence, which followed the "Energy audit and retrofitting with the BBC-Renovation quality seal" exemplary investment approach. It will take place at the Hermès Amphitheatre in the Palais Acropolis, Nice.