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INFORSE-Asia

INFORSE-South Asia is a network of 24 NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. INFORSE-East Asia is a network of 12 NGOs in Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam. The NGOs are working for sustainable energy solutions to protect the environment and reduce poverty.

Description
INFORSE-South Asia and INFORSE-East Asia are two of the 7 regions of the International Network for Sustainable Energy (INFORSE), which is a worldwide NGO network formed at the Global Forum in Rio in 1992.
See INFORSE Brochure (2 page pdf file 550 kB, version 2015).

INFORSE works for implementation of sustainable energy solutions by exchange of information, awareness creation, formulation and implementation of strategies, and lobbying of international forums.

INFORSE is a meeting place for NGOs working at the grassroots level as well as at national, regional and international levels, all united on a common strategy for a long- term sustainable development with phasing out of nuclear and fossil energy use.

The INFORSE network is facilitating practical and political exchange of experiences among NGOs, liaising with concerned multilateral agencies, creating political and public awareness, and seeking support for NGO activities.

INFORSE lobbies to promote sustainable energy solutions - renewable energy and energy efficiency - which utilise decentralised approaches. All activities seek to protect the environment, and to achieve development.

Structure
The member organizations and the Regional Coordinator(s) organize regional meetings and other INFORSE activities. The regional meetings are the foundation of the network's democratic structure. The Coordinators are working on the regional action plans, securing regional focal-points of INFORSE and coordinating with other  INFORSE regions. In countries with substantial INFORSE activities and/or members, National Focal Points are elected.

Activities in Asia
- The NGO cooperation Project "Evidence Based, Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development" (EVD) is bringing togethers several INFORSE members from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, as well as includes cooperation with CAN-South Asia in 2015-2017.
- The NGO cooperation Project "Promoting Pro-Poor Low Carbon Strategies" bringing together several INFORSE organisations and CAN organisations.
- The Southern Voices for Climate Change Capacity Building Project involved several INFORSE members in South Asia in 2011-2014.
- NGO Capacity Building Project for Poverty-reducing Sustainable Energy Solutions in South Asia was the largest INFORSE-activity in Asia and involves members from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka in 2005-08. One of the biggest results is a Manual of Solutions.
- Distant Internet Education on Renewable Energy Technologies was developed by INFORSE-South Asia in cooperation with INFORSE-Europe, The cources were running in 200-2010.


Global Activities
INFORSE has Consultative Status at the UN ECOSOC, and UNFCCC. Comments, workshops, statements, exhibitions are prepared for several United Nation's or Ministerial events and their parallel NGO Forums including:

More information about INFORSE-Asia can be found in the INFORSE-Asia Brochure. (2005, 81kB pdf)