EBRD CONTRIBUTES TO FUNDING RURAL ELECTRIFICATION

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the Kingdom of

’s drive to provide electricity access to all its citizens through a €60 million sovereign loan to the Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE).

The loan will finance part of the final phase of the Programme d’Electrification Rurale Global (PERG) and the implementation of a smart metering pilot study.

From its launch in 1996 to the end of 2012, the PERG brought electricity to almost 2 million rural households, increasing the Moroccan rural electrification rate to 98.06 per cent.

The EBRD’s investment will provide electricity access to 1,234 remote villages and is very important for the final phase of the national rural electrification programme. The EBRD loan will also finance a pilot smart grid programme to prepare for the deployment of smart metering and decentralised renewable energy generation.

Source: ebrd.com

Le Fonds européen pour la pêche soutient le développement des circuits courts pour faire découvrir les productions locales

Deutsch: Sete, Aussicht Français : Sète (Hérau...

Le Panier Poisson Coquillage constitue une initiative innovante visant à valoriser les productions locales en favorisant un circuit court de vente de colis (Producteur- Consommateur), à destination des habitants de villages du territoire de Thau. L’offre correspond à des paniers dont le contenu varie en fonction des arrivages.

Résultats :
Des soirées débats permettent aux professionnels halieutiques d’aller à la rencontre des consommateurs et de parler de leurs produits ;
Des rendez vous de vente sont organisés toutes les semaines ;
Le CPIE bassin de Thau a remporté le prix MACIF « l’alimentation autrement ».

Source: europe-en-france.gouv.fr

Haz tu propia cerveza

La Casa Blanca hizo pública en septiembre la receta de su cerveza casera. Respondía así a una petición popular firmada por más de 12.000 personas que, cuando supieron que en la cocina de la residencia del presidente de EEUU se estaba produciendo esta bebida, quisieron conocer la fórmula utilizada. Las cantidades de diferentes maltas, lúpulos y el toque de miel producida en las propias colmenas de la finca quedaron al descubierto para que cualquier aficionado pudiera elaborar su réplica.

La fiebre del home brewing, que como véis ataca hasta a los Obama, no sólo se extiende por Norteamérica, sino que también ha prendido ya en los países europeos con más tradición cervecera como Alemania o el Reino Unido. Aunque en España la epidemia aún es incipiente, existe ya un buen puñado de alquimistas amateurs, posiblemente estimulados por el boom de la cerveza artesana fabricada por pequeñas marcas como La Cibeles, Montseny, Pagoa o San Amaro.

More information: blogs.elpais.com

Urban and peri-urban forestry

English: Chicago City Hall Green Roof

English: Chicago City Hall Green Roof (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Green Vision for Our Cities

At the dawn of the third millennium, the global population shifted to being mainly urban and the trend is set to continue. Unfortunately, and too often, this situation produced highly damaging effects on forests, landscape, as well as other tree and green systems in and around cities. For the most, rapid expansion of cities has taken place without any real land use planning strategy in place to support such growth. Another issue that cities face is the absence of effective platforms for dialogue, which would give urban dwellers the opportunity to define a common vision with national governments, local authorities and civil society.

A forested city which grows in harmony with its ecosystem becomes a resilient city in term of mitigation and adaptation to climate changes. An urban watershed with adequate tree cover helps prevent landslides and floods. Trees mitigate the impact of strong winds, and reduce damage to road and building infrastructure. Trees slow the wind and provide shade reducing costs of air conditioning and heating. Wood residues are widely used as wood energy for heating and local electricity production. The decreased “heat island effect” prevents detrimental impact on wellbeing, health and death of very vulnerable people. Scientific studies have demonstrated these positive values.

More Information: www.fao.org

La unión hace la fuerza: construyendo un mercado social

barcelona

barcelona (Photo credit: kygp)

Hace unas semanas les proponía regalar mejor con menos y les presentaba Opciones, una revista referente en el consumo consciente y la economía solidaria. En su último número Rubén Suriñach escribía un artículo en el que demostraba que si en general la unión hace la fuerza, en el número 43 de la calle Caspe, en Barcelona, lo hace especialmente.

Rubén está concentrado en la presentación inmediata de un ambicioso proyecto de Opciones que pretende financiarse mediante crowdfunding, pero ha tenido tiempo para enviarme un resume de su artículo.

Source:  lavozdegalicia.es

A Green Vision for Our Cities

 

Trees

Trees (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

At the dawn of the third millennium, the global population shifted to being mainly urban and the trend is set to continue. Unfortunately, and too often, this situation produced highly damaging effects on forests, landscape, as well as other tree and green systems in and around cities. For the most,  rapid expansion of cities has taken place without any real land use planning strategy in place to support such growth. Another issue that cities face is the absence of effective platforms for dialogue, which would give urban dwellers the opportunity to define a common vision with national governments, local authorities and civil society.

A forested city which grows in harmony with its ecosystem becomes a resilient city in term of mitigation and adaptation to climate changes. An urban watershed with adequate tree cover helps prevent landslides and floods. Trees mitigate the impact of strong winds, and reduce damage to road and building infrastructure.   Trees slow the wind and provide shade reducing costs of air conditioning and heating.   Wood residues are widely used as wood energy for heating and local electricity production. The decreased “heat island effect” prevents detrimental impact on wellbeing, health and death of very vulnerable people. Scientific studies have demonstrated these positive values.

Source: fao.org