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An award for the Kpondeou women’s group in Benin from the Poweo Foundation

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.

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GERES-Envirobat Conference: energy audit of apartment blocks in the PACA region

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.

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GERES and IRAM’s appeal for support in farmer biofuel trials

GERES fully shares the criticisms voiced in the recent debate on industrial biofuels, but is keen to draw the attention of national and European politicians, decision-makers and civil society stakeholders to the case of what are known as “farmer” or “short supply chain” biofuel projects. Steering well clear of industrial approaches, various initiatives are seeking to test alternative energy access models for rural communities in Africa. The distinction is clear between intensively farmed biofuel crops and production by farmers for local uses, but there is a fear that support from international co-operation agencies for these vital local initiatives could fall away.

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First carbon finance training in Benin

Understanding the carbon markets and the different stages of a project eligible for carbon finance presents a considerable challenge for project developers wishing to diversify their funding sources. Following the seminar on “Carbon finance as a way to energy access for the poorest” organized by the Initiative group in Paris, GERES is running a three-day course in Cotonou where participants will gain a good grasp of carbon finance issues in relation to development projects.

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EX-ACT: a tool designed by the FAO to analyze the impact of agriculture and forestry projects

The Food and Agriculture Organization projects that the world agricultural production will have to increase by at least 70% to meet the global demand by 2050. In the meantime, climate change might reduce productivity and stability in many regions affected by food insecurity. In this context, the FAO developed a tool called EX-ACT (EX-ante Carbon-balance Tool) which is aimed at providing estimations of the impact of agriculture and forestry development projects on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration.

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GERES to attend the Convergences 2015 World Forum

Paris, 20 September 2012 – The Convergences 2015 Forum, an unmissable event where innovative solutions to poverty and vulnerability issues in Europe and worldwide can be shared and discussed, offers the chance to move forward concerning the means and partnerships needed to meet the major global challenges: urbanization and poverty, food sovereignty, energy and sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, socially responsible finance, etc.

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A fifth award for the improved cookstove project

Created in 1999, the Energy Globe Awards, organized under the aegis of the European Union, reward regional, national and international projects that integrate sustainable development and international solidarity. Each year it attracts more than 1000 individual projects aimed at promoting the efficient use of energy. Launched ten years ago in Cambodia, the program for distributing improved cook stoves, conducted by the Cambodian teams of GERES, had already been awarded in 2008 by the jury of the Energy Globe Awards in the international category.

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The French Global Environment Fund engages with 2 million euros in the Global Stove Program

In April 2012, FGEF approved the funding proposal for the amount of 2 million € for a GERES- led new Global Stove Program (GSP). Being one of the most successful ICS (Improved Cookstoves) program implementers in Southeast Asia for over 15 years, GERES now takes lead in the development of the Global Stove Program (GSP). The idea emerged from GERES’ intention to capitalize on years of experience in professionalization and commercialization in the biomass equipment and fuel sector and to share the know-how across regions.

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Civil society mobilizing for Rio+20

From 20 to 22 June 2012, the Rio+20 Earth Summit will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20 years after the historic 1992 Summit.  The first Rio Summit is still seen as a key driver of the environmental cause, as it resulted in the “Rio Declaration on Environment and Development”, which enshrined the notion of “sustainable development”.  It also led to the adoption of a programme of action for the 21st century, known as “Agenda 21”, which sets out many recommendations for concrete implementation of the declaration’s principles.  This programme is still a global reference for sustainable development stakeholders today.

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ACHIEVE: the fuel poverty newsletter

ACHIEVE is a European-scale project which will enable households on a modest income to reduce their energy consumption and bills by means of the various small appliances (low-energy bulbs, flow reducers, etc.) that advisers will install free of charge in their homes. Now everyone can keep up to date with the ACHIEVE project. The new six-monthly newsletter provides clear, accurate, regular information on fuel poverty, the project and its partners.

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