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- "Energia" -a new women's newsletter

- GTZ-Program to implement Agenda 21

- Atmosphere Action Network in East Asia set up

"Energia" -a new women's newsletter

Amsterdam -The Energy Environment and Women Newsletter (ENERGIA) is a new publication to be distributed to field projects, organisations or individuals interested in and/or working with energy and environmental activities as related to women and gender. It is a first step towards promoting networking activities, initially sponsored by an informal group of Northern women, with the idea of recruiting other members, especially from the South.

The founder members of the network are:

Elizabeth Cecelski (Energy, Environment and Development), Margaret Skutsch, Joy Clancy, Heleen Bakker (Technology and Development Group, University of Twente); Agnes Klingshirn, Cornelia Sepp (GTZ-Household Energy Programme), Saskia Everts (TOOL), Hannecke van Toorn (DGIS Environment Programme), Linda Helm Krapf (COSENI) and Ilse Marks (UNIFEM).

Women's role in energy has often been highlighted in household biomass use and its impact on the environment, and this remains an important area of concern. In other critical areas of energy policy, planning and institution building, however, women's needs, and the impact of investments on women and their environment, have received relatively little attention. A great deal of the energy used by women is moreover not fuel as such but metabolic or human energy expended in laborious work such as porterage and food processing, which is often ignored in energy studies.

The immediate aims of this network are:

- Link interested individuals and organisations, including both women and men and both Southerners and Northerners.

- Generate good, relevant case studies and impact studies, especially in areas where women's roles are not yet well recognised, such as renewable energy, the energy transition, rural electrification, transport, and energy decision making.

- Catalyse and support gender and energy activities in existing institutions and energy programmes.

The newsletter is intended as a vehicle for communication with emphasis on case studies and other inputs direct from the field, with a high degree of Southern participation.

Further information from:

ENERGIA Newsletter
Energy, Environment and Women Network
c/o TOOL
Sarphatistraat 650
1018 AV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

GTZ-Program to implement Agenda 21

Eschborn -In 1992 the Deutsche Gesellschaft fhnische Zusammenarbeit GTZ established the Flanking Program for Tropical Ecology (T -Tropenogisches Begleitprogramm), a supra-regional Service Project of German Development Co-operation. T wants to contribute to increasing the ecological sustainability of development projects. Its policy is guided by the recommendations of Agenda 21.

This program offers a flexible, demand-driven advisory and support service for development projects and funds for applied ecological research aiming to develop innovative project planning and management instruments.

Besides this, T funds environmental education programs by local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) mediating for and implementing environmentally sound landuse and conservation concepts.

T provides the following services free of charge:

- identification, conception and funding of short and long term applied research (on request) to flank existing development projects of German Development Cooperation,

- mediation of contacts to experts in tropical ecology and to universities,

- technical inquiries, database and literature searches,

- funding and conceptual advice for environmental education programs in cooperation with local NGOs,

- development of innovative instruments for ecologically sound project planning, monitoring and evaluation e.g. for buffer zone and protected area management and

- evaluation and dissemination of research findings and experiences.

T is financed by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Ministry of the Environment (BMU). BMZ support covers research on Soil Fertility, Tropical Forest Research, Ecology and Plant Protection, Ecological Economics and Biodiversity: Species and Biotope Conservation. The BMU promotes Environmental Education.

Together with the GTZ and the BMZ (or BMU), the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF) and the German Society for Tropical Ecology (GT participate in decisions on the eligibility for promotion of applicants (projects or departments of development assistance organisations, NGOs or scientists).

Since 1992 the Flanking Program for Tropical Ecology has funded more than 70 projects in 30 partner countries of German Development Co-operation. Following recent changes in program policy, activities have now been extended to countries outside the tropics, e.g. the newly founded republics of the former Soviet Union. The results achieved so far are encouraging.

Faced with the threatening ecological situation in many countries, more effective co-operation is indispensable between science and development co-operation in order to develop and apply urgently needed concepts for the conservation and sustainable use of tropical and non-tropical ecosystems.

This is where the Flanking Program for Tropical Ecology wants to make a significant contribution.

For more information contact:

Deutsche Gesellschaft fhnische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
Tropenogisches Begleitprogramm (T) -Flanking Program for Tropical Ecology
Dr. GRiethmacher, Richard Haep, Christiane Jansen
Postfach 5180
D-65726 Eschborn,
Tel.: + 49 (0) 61 96 79 32 88/73 14
Fax: + 49 (0) 61 96 79 32 88/74 13

Atmosphere Action Network in East Asia set up

Seoul - Rapid economic growth in East Asia has caused emissions of atmospheric pollutants, including carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to increase rapidly. These pollutants are already causing serious damage to human health and ecosystems in the East Asian region.

That's why 15 non-governmental organizations in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mongolia, the Russian Far East, South Korea, and Taiwan have set up the Atmosphere Action Network East Asia (AANEA).

The member NGOs are active both in their own countries and internationally, in areas such as policy advocacy and raising public awareness of atmospheric issues and of relevant negotiations on these themes.

The AANEA network will facilitate the sharing and integration of information, expertise and other resources, both within the countries of the region and internationally.

At the first AANEA meeting in Seoul, the members outlined an action plan for the next three years. Immediate activities included the preparation of preliminary country reports, having been submitted by member organizations at the second AANEA meeting in Osaka in March 1996.

AANEA invites environmental organizations in East Asia to join the network, and looks forward to constructive engagement with governments and business in this region.

For further information contact:

The AANEA Secretariat
Ms. Jina Lee, Executive Director
Center for Environment and Development,
Citizens Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ)
25-1 Chongro 5-ga,
Chongro-gu, Seoul,
Korea 110-125
Tel: (8 22) 7 41-79 61
Fax: (8 22) 7 65-98 61