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NGO Networks' Cooperation Project in
East & West Africa, South Asia and Latin America
Promoting Pro-Poor & Low-Carbon Development Strategies
April 2014 - April 2016
In East Africa, TATEDO (Tanzania Traditional Energy Development Organisation) is promoting low-carbon development in its role as INFORSE-East Africa coordinator, together with CAN-Uganda and a number of stakeholders in Tanzania and Uganda, including CAN Tanzania. As many areas in East Africa are suffering from depletion of biomass resources, the main focus is on biomass. As much as 1/3 of the use of wood for energy in Tanzania is unsustainable. The country loses 400,000 ha of forest per year to deforestation. Since 85- 90% of the energy used in Tanzania is from biomass, major problems are ahead with the deforestation, which also threatens the energy supply.
In Tanzania, TATEDO and
its coalition of stakeholders are addressing the lack of focus and
for biomass in the national policies. They promote a
At the regional level, the focus has been on the
East African Community (EAC), where TATEDO and
partners have promoted low-carbon development
at an expert workshop on Africa’s energy challenge,
and at regional meetings on
strengthening the capacity
of African countries to promote
In West Africa, ENDA is promoting low-carbon development in its role as INFORSE-West Africa coordinator together with Mali Folkecenter as well as with coalitions of stakeholders in Senegal and Mali. They focus on local energy supply for productive and household use. They see the need for local available energy for productive use as a key to further development. They promote, among others, energy-efficient baking ovens and solar electrification as solutions.
In Senegal, ENDA has organised a civil society coalition and has promoted low-carbon development solutions together with the coalition members at various events, including a march for the climate in Dakar in May 2015 with 1000 participants. The coalition also organised a stakeholder seminar, and promoted good practice solutions in other ways. To support the work, policy briefs were produced on the subjects of improved baking ovens and biogas plants.
In Mali, the low-carbon development coalition consists of the existing "Reso Climat Mali" together with local entrepreneurs. It has mainly promoted solar electrification including rural electrification and mini- grids for small towns. Efforts have included direct dialogues with government agencies, participation in events such as "open day for renewable energy", a radio programme, leaflets, and other documentation.
Regionally, the focus is on the ECOWAS (Economic Commission for West African States), with meetings with ECOWAS and with participation in the regional " Declic" process with energy and climate dialogues, for instance with local decision makers, civil society organisations and private sector. Among others this process developed a number of messages for the ECOWAS positions to the UNFCCC COP21.
Internationally, the activities in Africa were presented at side events of the UNFCCC COP21 on December 3, 2015 (UN Blue Zone), and December 8, 2015 (Public Forum of Climate Generation Area), and a UNFCCC Policy Brief was launched in the framework of a knowledge sharing workshop on December 2, 2015.
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