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  • © WWF Uganda 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...
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  • Inaguration plant 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...
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  • New Larnak Trust New Lanark World Heritage Site
    A historical centre for renewable energy production New Lanark was founded by Scottish entrepreneur David Dale in 1785. It developed as a model industrial community under the enlightened management of Robert Owen. The revolution in...
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  • Carbon-Free island in tourist transport Carbon-Free island in tourist transport
    The STARTER Project for Fuerteventura Biosphere Reserve (Spain) STARTER aims to promote energy efficient and sustainable mobility policies and practices through the cooperation of all local interested parties. The concept of Local Travel Plan Networks...
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  • © ACCIONA The First Wind Farm in Costa Rica
    Chiripa wind farm at Agua y Paz Biosphere Reserve Costa Rica is just one Central American that has long used renewable energy sources, primarily hydro power to become more energy self-sufficient. Now an increasing number...
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  • Dumfries and Galloway (Biosphere Reserve) Dumfries and Galloway (Biosphere Reserve)
    100% Renewable Energy Source Community Project The 100% RES Community Project aims to drive the region towards greater environmental sustainability by assisting small communities. Project run by Community Energy Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway Council...
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  • The Solar Explorer The Solar Explorer
    A solar educational and research vessel owned and operated by the Schorfheide-Chorin UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The “Solar Explorer” drive around the Werbellinsee in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Schorfheide-Chorin. The boat is powered exclusively by solar...
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  • Solar panels at Echo Point © Blue Mountains City Council. 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...
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  • © Dang Dinh Thong 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...
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  • © Ville de Besançon Besançon: The First Green City in France
    A low energy jewel on the river side. The city of Besançon (117 000 inhabitants) is located in the east of France in Franche-Comté region, at the heart of the newly created Rhin-Rhone metropolitan area....
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  • © PHPower Mount Elbrus Base Camp
    Solar electrification project in a remote area of Western Caucasus World Heritage Site. The Mount Elbrus Base Camp has been installed, in the North of the Russian Caucasus in September 2013, It represents the first...
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  • Pueblo de Taos © Edmondo Gnerre. UNESCO/WHC. Renewable Energy Development on Tribal and Indian Country Lands
    Conference, May 19-20, 2014, Phoenix, AZ – USA. Land under the supervision of the United States government that has been set aside permanently for the use of Native Americans is known as “Indian Country” and...
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  • Photo courtesy of National Parks Service. Clean Cities National Parks Initiative
    Sustainable mobility in UNESCO sites (USA) Clean Cities partners with the National Park Service (NPS) through the Clean Cities National Parks Initiative to support transportation projects that educate park visitors on the benefits of cutting petroleum use...
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  • Taos Pueblo – Energy sovereignty Taos Pueblo – Energy sovereignty
    100% Clean Energy by 2020 “In our Every Deliberation, We Must Consider the Impact of Our Decisions on the next Seven Generations”. From the Great Law of the Iroquois Nation. Taos Pueblo is a federally...
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  • Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. Sculptor Ed Fraughton, Salt Lake City, UT. © NPS Mesa Verde National Park Visitor and Research Center
    “Out with the Old” action in a World Heritage Site. The on-site renewable energy systems are capable of providing 95 percent of the building energy requirements. The new Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center (VRC)...
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  • © North Devon Biosphere Sustainable Energy Action Plan
    North Devon Biosphere Reserve How to stem the outflow of £300 M per annum spent on energy and turn it into local investment and good resource management? The Biosphere Partnership is leading the development of...
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  • © Sotavento Galicia Foundation Sotavento Experimental Wind Farm
    A new vision of energy education and intelligent tourism in Terras do Miño Biosphere Reserve (Spain). Terras do Miño was designated a Biosphere Reserve in 2002 and covers a large area of the Lugo province...
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  • SmartRegion Pellworm SmartRegion Pellworm
    Germany’s green energy island – Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands of Schleswig-Holstein biosphere reserve. Pellworm is one of the North Frisian Islands located in the North Sea coast of Germany. It is a part of...
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  • © Région Pays de la Loire The largest Abbey of Europe goes to renewable energy
    Energy Centre at Fontevraud Abbey at Loire Valley (World Heritage Site) The Energy Centre is the first new building at the Abbey in a century, and the first major achievement of the Fontevraud Sustainable city...
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  • Micro solar power station in Sundarbans biosphere reserve 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...
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  • © AE Photonics Africa’s largest solar pump in Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve
    Solar pump system in Taroudant. AE Photonics Maroc has set up Africa’s largest solar pump to date in the southern Moroccan town of Taroudant, 170 km from Agadir. Pump PS21k made by Lorentz is run...
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  • Welgevonden Lodge 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...
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  • © Power Plants around the World 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...
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  • Blenheim Palace goes to renewable energy Blenheim Palace goes to renewable energy
    World Heritage site adds hydropower to become one of Britain’s ‘greenest palaces’. The stately home, a World Heritage Site, will install the “Archimedean screw” design of hydropower with renewables firm Hallidays Hydropower. Fitted on the...
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  • Image: America do Sol Luz para Todos (Light for All) Initiative
    Solar Rural Electrification Prior to the Luz Para Todos (“Light for All”) initiative, a significant percentage of the Brazilian population lacked access to electricity. The program shows what can be accomplished with strong leadership and...
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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