Asia and the Pacific

Blue Mountains Sustainable Precinct Project

Water and Renewables on World Heritage Site. The Blue Mountains Sustainable Precinct project established sustainable solutions to water and energy use at three large-scale, high profile sites in Katoomba: Echo Point Visitors Centre; Blue Mountains Cultural Centre; and the adjacent Civic Centre. The three project sites showcase

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Pilot RE project in small Vietnamese island

The hybrid power system of solar and diesel for Bai Huong village in “Cu Lao Cham ” Biosphere Reserve. The village BaiHuong is located in a narrow stretch of the south-west coast side of Cu Lao Cham island, that belongs Tan Hiep commune in Cu Lao Cham

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Micro solar power station in Sundarbans biosphere reserve

WWF-India helps far flung villages access grid quality power. Access to safe, clean energy is fundamental to poverty eradication, to stopping deforestation, and to stopping climate change. Most poor people and inhabitants of remote locations meet the majority of their energy needs by collecting biomass (fuel wood,

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Solar PV mini-grids for Small Islands

The case of Apolima Island (Samoa), included in World Heritage Tentative List. Solar photovoltaic (PV) powered mini-grid systems have been under consideration for use in the Pacific Island countries for some time. Until recently, however, such systems were deemed to have limited potential. With recent improvement in inverter

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Lady Elliot Eco Island Resort

Solar Diesel Hybrid Power Station Out on the frontier of the Great Barrier Reef, World Heritage site, exists a coral cay island ‘Lady Elliot’ where the coral reef is alive and teaming with life, where hands-on adventure and exploration are keys to this Australian holiday experience in

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Low Island gets low on carbon

Low Island in Great Barrier Reef World Heritage, the first island to be powered by renewable energies. The GBRMPA’s Commonwealth Islands Program helped the island deliver on the triple bottom line through: solar panels: the island moved from 100% fossil fuel supply to 97% renewable supply,through solar

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Renewable Energy on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe World Heritage launches the Renewable energy roadmap. Lord Howe Island has developed a Sustainable Energy Strategy to reduce the islands reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation. The Lord Howe Island Board has formed a Community Sustainable Energy Working Group (SEWG) to assist to guide

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Generating electricity from invasive species

A collective initiative in Bundala biosphere reserve. The Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka’s first wetland to be declared a Ramsar site and a biosphere reserve under UNESCO is today facing tough times in the face of invasive plants encroaching the natural habitat of the wetland. The spread

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The Philippine Ifugao-Ambangal Mini-hydro Project

Support local activities to conserve the 2,000 year-old Ifugao rice terraces World Heritage Site. In 1995, UNESCO registered the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras as a World Heritage Site. The World Heritage Committee described the rice terraces as “outstanding examples of living cultural landscapes. They

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Renewable Energy Project to Light up Borobudur World Heritage site

Solarizing Borobudur project. The Borobudur temple is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding park is set to showcase Indonesia’s renewable energy potential, with the installation of solar-powered park lights. The project, ‘Solarising Borobodur’ is initiated by Greenpeace, with the Borobudur

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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