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Workshop to Discuss Biogas Production in Agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Biogas production is reputed to lead to less waste, less water contamination and less green house gas (GHG) emissions. In order to discuss and share knowledge on the subject in Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), along with several partners, organized a workshop attended by specialists from 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries (LAC). The workshop took place on 13 and 14 of August in Foz do Iguaçu, Parana State, Brazil. 

 

The workshop looked at how biogas production on family farms can contribute to resolving energy, water, waste and climate change problems, and issued several recommendations calling for LAC countries to formulate policies and regulatory frameworks that promote biogas production and use among family farms in the region. Cicero Bley, IREC-Biogas Director, promised participants that the workshop’s recommendations will be shared with all LAC governments in a formal document.

 

 

Workshop participants discussed how the region can contribute to the work of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Task Force 37 on Energy from Biogas, and heard a presentation by the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) on rural biogas projects in Colombia and the Peruvian highlands promoted by the Alliance in Energy and Environment (AEA), an IICA project funded by Finland. Participants also visited the Agroenergy Cooperative for Family Agriculture in Parana, where 33 small-scale farms use biodigestors to produce biofertilizer and biogas from organic agricultural wastes, while in the process powering the farms and having enough excess to contribute, via a pipeline, to local electricity production at a power plant 22 kilometers away.

 

The workshop was also co-organized by ITP, Brazil’s Ministries of Foreign Relations and Mines and Energy, IICA, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and IEA. It was attended by specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

 

 

Source: www.uncclearn.org

 



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