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Competence platform on energy crop and Agroforestry systems for arid and semi-arid ecosystems - Africa

Competence platform on energy crop and Agroforestry systems for arid and semi-arid ecosystems - Africa

Objective

The objective of this Competence Platform on Energy Crop and Agro-forestry Systems for Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems is to stimulate bio-energy implementation in arid and semi-arid regions in Africa. COMPETE will establish a platform for policy dialogue and capacity building in the major multi- and bi-lateral funding organisations and key stakeholders throughout the bio-energy provision and supply chains. As global fossil energy resources become constrained, bio-energy is emerging as a major potential resource. The arid and semi-arid regions of Africa and Latin America have, in theory, very large areas of land (and associated water and human resources) available for bio-energy production. However, the production of biomass for energy will result in substantial impacts (pos. and neg.) on ecosystems and cultures of these target regions.
The protection of biodiversity, rural livelihoods and management of scarce water resources are critical considerations in any analysis of the potential for sustainable bio-energy provision in arid and semi-arid regions. Similarly, whilst modern bio-energy could contribute significantly to poverty alleviation in rural areas, the effects of changes to the supplies of natural resources and ownership of those resources must be an integral part of the development options proposed. Therefore, a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, assessment of current land use, energy demand and technology innovation focused on Africa, will be carried out through COMPETE. COMPETE will link implementation activities, policy development, trade, funding and South-South-EU cooperation. The improved knowledge of national and regional land use and technology options generated will provide the local and international partners with the basis for a complete assessment of social, environmental and economic impacts. Finally, all the outputs of COMPETE will be integrated into a carefully designed dissemination strategy targeted at decision makers and stakeholders.

Coordinator

WIP WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG

Address

Sylvensteinstr. 2
N/A Munich

Germany

Administrative Contact

Rainer JANSSEN (Dr)

Participants (43)

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IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

UTRECHT UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE

Sweden

AUSTRIAN BIOFUELS INSTITUTE

Austria

HOEHERE BUNDESLEHR UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT FUER LANDWIRTSCHAFT, LANDTECHNIK UND LEBENSMITTELTECHNOLOGIE FRANCISCO JOSEPHINUM IN WIESELBURG

Austria

EUROPEAN BIOMASS INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Belgium

PRACTICAL ACTION

United Kingdom

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

E&CO, INC.

United States

INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS AND INNOVATIONS

Germany

AGAMA ENERGY (PTY) LTD.

South Africa

CENTER FOR ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND ENGINEERING ZAMBIA LTD.

Zambia

ENVIRONNEMENT ET DEVELOPPEMENT DU TIERS-MONDE

Senegal

FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY ANALYSIS NETWORK

Zimbabwe

FELISA COMPANY LIMITED

Tanzania

ASSOCIATION MALI - FOLKECENTER

Mali

MOI UNIVERSITY

Kenya

TANZANIA TRADITIONAL ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATION

Tanzania

UNION ECONOMIQUE ET MONETAIRE OUEST AFRICAINE

Burkina Faso

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU-NATAL

South Africa

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

China

CENTRO NACIONAL DE REFERENCIA EM BIOMASSA

Brazil

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE

India

THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES INSTITUTE

India

UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO

Mexico

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS

Brazil

WINROCK INTERNATIONAL INDIA

India

INTERUNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Italy

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

Botswana

UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

South Africa

TWIN

United Kingdom

JOINT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Thailand

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK GROUP

Tunisia

ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT LTD

United Kingdom

ECO LTD

United Kingdom

CHINESE ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ENERGY INDUSTRY

China

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Italy

CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

United States

FOEDERATION EVANGELISCHER KIRCHEN IN MITTELDEUTSCHLAND

Germany

ETA - ENERGIA, TRASPORTI, AGRICOLTURA S.R.L.

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 32448

  • Start date

    1 January 2007

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-INCO

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 497 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 497 000

Coordinated by:

WIP WIRTSCHAFT UND INFRASTRUKTUR GMBH & CO PLANUNGS KG

Germany