GERES is publishing a best practices guidebook

GERES is now publishing a guide to good practice on model technologies and approaches linking development with the fight against climate change in countries of the Global South.The guide will be launched during the 14th annual United Nations Conference on Climate Change in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland. It is designed for development actors in every field, from both North and South (developing country institutions, funders, decentralised cooperation organisations…).

Climate change both present and future leads to climate fluctuations including droughts, floods, etc. that are already impacting on environmental, economic and social equilibrium. Developing countries are the most seriously affected by these changes. In order to adapt, people of these countries will need to draw on new energy sources as well as make better use of existing sources and modify their agricultural methods.

The objective of this guide is to share field experience and provide interested parties (NGOs, development operators, funders…) with decision making tools and technical information needed for dealing with new climate conditions.
GERES, (Groupe Environnement, Energies Renouvelables et Solidarités), which was founded in 1976 in the wake of the first petrol shock, now counts around one hundred collaborators who are in charge of innovative, sustainable development projects in France as well as in eight African and Asian countries.

Over the last ten years, GERES has greatly developed its expertise in awareness raising, training and capacity building for people involved in the fight against climate warming. Its programmes include CO2Solidaire (a programme for voluntary offsetting of greenhouse gases) and Carbon Solidarity Asia, which is working with local project bearers.

18 exemplary operations in 5 scopes

The guidebook which includes a preface by Brice Lalonde, climate change ambassador for France, is published with the support of the French Ministry for European and Foreign Affairs, ADEME and the Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et pour l’Homme.

The 150 page best practices guidebook, which is published in both French and English, includes 18 fact sheets relating to five intervention fields: domestic energy, energy and building, energy services, waste valorisation, agriculture and sustainable forests. The guidebook will also be a useful training tool for development stakeholders.

The quide is available on request from GERES: 2 cours Foch, 13 400 Aubagne, It is free on request for organisations from the South while the sale price in the North will cover the cost of free distribution in the South.

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