New INFORSE action plan
At the INFORSE Coordinators' Meeting in Dakar,
Senegal, January 26-30, an overall Action Plan for the coming three years was
elaborated. It makes a clear distinction between activities geared towards
international policy and those addressing goals of increased cooperation among
INFORSE members, particularly South - South cooperation.
Influence the Global Agenda for Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Energy in the Rio Process
A major focus for INFORSE activities will be the preparations for
the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, session on energy (CSD 9) in
2001. This will be the major UN event on energy in the next few years. It is
part of the Rio process, linking environment and development with energy
To be involved. INFORSE will follow the official negotiations and
set up a task force to prepare input from the Network.
The political strategy upon which it is based, will also be
updated as part of the involvement in the CSD 9 preparations.
Climate and Desertification Negotiations
Several INFORSE organisations are involved in negotiations
following the climate convention and the convention on desertification. These
negotiations have clear links to Sustainable energy, and INFORSE should be
involved in support of the members involved. For the Desertification Convention,
the activities will focus on the Conference of the Parties (countries) in Dakar
to November, 1998. In general, INFORSE members are asked to inform the Network
about their participation to the negotiations, to facilitate joint INFORSE
activities "on the spot".
A classical example of successful South - South
cooperation is the development of efficient charcoal stoves to Africa, where the
"Thai Bucket Stove" was used as inspiration for the Kenya Ceramic Jiko (picture)
that is disseminated by the millions to East Africa, and was used as the basis
for similar stoves in West Africa.
INFORSE Coordinators in Dakar, Jan.
'98: (from left, below) Gunnar Olesen, Sumniang Natakuatoong, Sekou Sarr, Emil
Bedi; (from left, above) Stephen Humprys (ENDA-Intern), Emilio la Rovere, Masse
Lo, Raymond Myles, Svend Erik Lade-foged (secr.), Lugard Majoro, Rene Karottki
Information and Awareness Activities
The basic news channels of the Network, i.e. this newsletter and
the INFORSE website will be improved, and new channels of communication will be
added. Plans include an email list and, if funds can be made available, a French
edition of Sustainable Energy News with special focus on West African problems.
A new task force will assist the secretariat giving special attention to the
The regional coordinators will only meet to person every second
year, and will meet virtually via email conferences on alternate years.
South - South - North Cooperation
The other major INFORSE activity will be to foster increased South
- South - North cooperation among its members. The focus will be on using
experience gained to one Southern country to support the development in other
countries/regions, and to supplement with experience from the North. It is the
intention to develop projects that demonstrate alternative models for
sustainable energy development. A small South - South North Cooperation Fund
will be formed to support and facilitate such cooperation, primarily preparation
of specific cooperative projects. Current ideas are:
· Exchange of biogas experience, starting with
an international biogas conference in India in late '98 or early '99, followed
by bilateral cooperation projects.
· Cooperation on small hydro-power, e.g, with members in
India and Nepal.
· Renewable-energy island projects, starting with the
ongoing mapping of initiatives done by Forum for Energy & Development,
· Urban household energy.
· Production of efficient stoves,
· Palm oil for electricity generation.
· An internet-based education package.
Targeting International Policy
The 8 INFORSE members represented at the Climate Negotiations in
Kyoto took the opportunity to make an INFORSE statement and to hold a press
meeting at December 8, '97. They pointed at the large potential to combine
CO2 emission reductions with creations of new jobs. They also urged
industrialised countries' leaders to accept significant reductions in
C02 emissions to the climate negotiations and to take the lead to
sustainable energy development by implementing efficient and renewable energy
technologies on a large scale.
Many other NGOs and networks also
called for C02 reductions at the climate negotiations
The regional activities will continue to be an important part of
the Network activities, and need not be limited to the above-mentioned global
activities. With the new concept of national focal points of INFORSE, increased
national activities are expected in countries with more members.
All INFORSE members will receive a copy of the full INFORSE