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GERES supports Practical Action's initiative

practical action1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity and 2.5 billion still rely on collecting fuels like firewood for cooking and heating.

Energy is vital for poverty reduction because it gives people the power to improve their lives.

We want to achieve the UN goal of Energy for All by 2030, but most people aren't even aware that energy poverty is a problem!


The compost box finally available!

boite à compostGERES and Graine PACA launched the Compost Box, a teaching tool to raise awareness about composting and waste management. The project is run with the financial support of the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the Conseil Régional PACA in partnership with the French National Education.




Energy For All: a civil society call

officeGERES joins a group of 70 civil society organisations from Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, to call on EU leaders to commit to eradicating energy poverty and achieving universal energy access by 2030. With a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, as the region most acutely affected, the group calls for increased political will to deliver energy for all and the quantity and quality of EU funding to make this a reality.


The Sustainable Rural Development project started in Tajikistan

développement rural au TadjikistanThe project led by GERES in Tajikistan aims to improve living conditions of 1 000 rural households among the most vulnerable (more than 5 children, with disabled persons). GERES leans on 10 years of experiment in mountainous areas and cold climate (Afghanistan, India, and Mongolia) to strengthen the agricultural activities and improve the comfort in the housing environment.


GERES finalist in the 2011 World Habitat Awards

World habitat award finalist250 projects from 82 countries around the world competed to the Award run by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF). The Foundation rewards projects from the global North as well as the South that provide practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems.

The programme, carried out by GERES, involves the implementation, dissemination and scaling up of passive solar housing technologies in cold desert areas of the Western Himalayas.


Forum Africain du Carbone : Appel pour un marché du carbone plus éthique et plus solidaire (in French)

Forum africain du carbone. Carbon african ForumDu 4 au 6 juillet, le GERES a mandaté une délégation au Forum Africain du Carbone à Marrakech. L'enjeu était de réfléchir aux moyens à mettre en œuvre pour que la finance carbone devienne un véritable levier de développement pour les populations les plus pauvres. A cette occasion, le GERES a organisé une table ronde en partenariat avec CDC Climat qui a réuni des experts de différents horizons.



RCF radio interview: Alain Guinebault

officeDiscover the interview of Alain Guinebault, GERES General Manager and Dominique-Cécile Varnat, from Abbé Pierre Foundation, partner of GERES programme in Indian Himalayas.

The Passive Solar House (PSH) project, a four-year project from 2008 to 2012, is designed to disseminate energy-efficient methods in 1,000 domestic and community buildings in about a hundred villages of Indian Himalaya region.


GERES and its partner ENEA awarded during the "Convergences 2015” Forum

Prix convergences 2015During the “Forum Convergences 2015”, GERES and ENEA Consulting have been awarded for their project regarding the building of 1,000 passive solar houses in Indian Himalaya.

The objective is to reduce populations’ energy vulnerability and to increase life conditions by protecting the environment and developing the region economy.



GERES Morocco on France Télévision

GERES France Television MediterraneoReport by Françoise Scholler for France Television

“Mediterraneo” magazine broadcasted on the 27th March 2011

Interview of Aymar Bourgy, Project Coordinator, GERES-Morocco



GERES nominated for the Convergences 2015 Award

officeGERES, in partnership with Enea Consulting, is one of the three nominees for the Convergences 2015 inde-batiments-solaires-passifs2International Award on the Passive Solar Houses project in Himalaya.

The award was created by the city of Paris in partnership with Le Monde and the European Commission in order to recognise international projects which reduce poverty and contribute to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).