In connection with the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, the NGO GERES is warning of the need to act as quickly as possible in sub-Saharan Africa, where 585 million people have no access to energy. Little by little, solutions are emerging to enhance energy independence and economic development, especially in Benin.
From 18 to 20 April, Ethiopia hosted the fourth African Carbon Forum in Addis Ababa, looking at the prospects for green, low-carbon development on the African continent. GERES, which is working on a number of clean development projects in West Africa, was invited to come and share its expertise at a day of workshops held with experts in the sector.
The network “Compostage au jardin” is led by GERES in France and financially supported by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and the Bouches-du-Rhône General Council. It organizes fun and playful workshops in this French department.
GERES will present its European project SHARE in Marseille on 16th March 2012. This one-hour direct workshop organized under the aegis of the World Water Forum will be the opportunity for public administrators, local decision makers, hydropower companies, alpine rivers users and defenders to discuss the future of sustainable hydropower.
Disposer de lumière pour éclairer son magasin au Bénin, d’une pièce chauffée pour faire de l’artisanat en Afghanistan ou de machines pour la transformation de produits agricoles au Mali… L’énergie crée des opportunités économiques nouvelles et améliore celles qui existent déjà. A l’occasion de 2012, Année internationale de l’énergie durable pour tous, l’ONG GERES met en lumière les pratiques de terrain mises en œuvre au Nord comme au Sud et continue de revendiquer les droits de ceux qui souffrent de précarité énergétique.
A women’s group in Benin runs activities in production and promotion of renewable energy. Those activities are supported by GERES and its partner PlaNet Finance. The President will be invited in October for the official award ceremony which will take place in Paris.
Attending the United Nations Global Climate Conference (COP17) between 28 November and 9 December, GERES defended its vision of clean development and solidarity in response to the looming disaster of climate upheavals. The delegation monitored the negotiations closely and now presents its technical comments on the outcome of the summit.
GERES, which gained a strong field experience and a recognized expertise in fight against Climate Change, will raise its voice at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The delegation will advocate for a stronger Climate solidarity and a stronger involvement of the industrialized countries to support less advanced countries for the sake of their historic responsibility.
In the context of FreemE, a project supported by the European Union, the French Development Agency, PMF-FEM/PNUD, GDF Suez and Alstom ; Ardi Foundation, PlaNet Finance, ADEME, GERES and other partners organize the Energy Day which will be held on 25th October at the Bellota Ecomuseum in the Chefchaouen region.
Aubagne, July 20, 2011 – From July 4 through July 6, GERES attended the Africa Carbon Forum in Marrakesh and launched an appeal to promote ethics and development outcomes from the carbon markets. While uncertainty is increasing concerning the future of carbon finance, new mechanisms like NAMAs* are now seen as key measures for gas emission reduction in the South.