Kasese for clean energy

100% access to clean energy services for all domestic, productive and social needs by 2020. The District of Kasese in Uganda (approx.130,000 households), on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Biosphere Reserve, has recently been the center of local and international initiatives that are aiming to radically

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Solar power systems to light up Kasubi tombs

Buganda government is turning to solar energy to improve electricity supplies at Kasubi Royal tombs (Uganda) World Heritage Site The Trans-African Supply Services limited company (TASS) and Village Power solutions have finalised to establish a Solar panel power supply systems plant that is going to provide with

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Welgevonden Lodge

Green lodges in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve The Welgevonden Private Game Reserve is a 37000 ha, privately owned game reserve in the heart of the Waterberg. It forms part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve which was officially declared by UNESCO in 2001 – currently

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Sustainable and Participatory Energy Management Project in Senegal

Sustainable woodfuel improves rural livelihoods in Niokolo-Koba biosphere reserve – World Heritage site. The objective of the Sustainable and Participatory Energy Management Project is to meet an important part of the rapidly growing urban demand for household fuels, without the loss of forest cover and the ecosystem’s carbon

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Green pilot project on Robben Island

A model for self-sustaining communities in South Africa. By using a hybrid approach to power generation, the Greening of Robben Island project will reduce the demand on the island’s infrastructures and its dependence on fossil fuels. In 1999 Robben Island was inscribed on Unesco’s list of world

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Coffee Processing and Clean Energy Management in Yayu biosphere reserve

Energy from coffee waste (husk). Annual Coffee production in Ethiopia is about 240,000 green coffee. This generates equal amount of waste (husk). In Yayu alone, over 20,000 tonnes of coffee waste is produced annually, and all not used. Alternative uses for coffee husks include employing this solid

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NABU’s Climate and Forest Project in Kafa biosphere reserve

Forest preservation through wood-saving stoves. NABU, in cooperation with the Ethiopian Government and other partners, started a project to protect the last natural forests in the birthplace of Coffea arabica. In the last 10 years, almost 43% of these forests have disappeared, as they have been transformed

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Green Fish project

Solar Ice for Fuerteventura biosphere reserve. Fisheries are fishermen associations dedicated to extractive fishing, fish processing and distribution. Energy consumption to maintain the fish cod for storage and distribution is a relevant part of their cost structure. Usually, most of the electrical energy consumed is dedicated to

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Blyde Hydro Development Project

Renewable Energy generation on the Blyde Dam Wall, Kruger to Canyons Biosphere reserve. This project was initiated by K2C as a direct result of the formal partnership between K2C and the Rhön and as a consequence of the shared exchange visits between both Biosphere reserves. The proposed development

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Sangomar Ice Fabrics and Fisheries (SIFF)

Solar Ice in Delta du Saloum biosphere reserve. In tropical countries such as Senegal, ice is an essential resource for the fishing industry. Fishermen, traders, and processing employees (mostly women), rely on ice to preserve fish and keep it fresh. Currently, the demand for ice is greater

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Dr Osman Benchikh *. Programme Specialist in Charge of Energy and Renewable Energy. Coordinator of RENFORUS project.
E-mail: o.benchikh(at)
Cipriano Marín **. Assistant for RENFORUS project implementation.
E-mail: c.marin(at)
Addresses: * UNESCO. 1, Rue Miollis. 75015 Paris – France
** Avda. Islas Canarias, 35 - 38007, S/C de Tenerife - Spain