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Support of climate protection via sustainable energy by training and capacity building of local partner NGOs in Caucasus and Central Asia and networking between them

„Förderung des Klimaschutzes durch nachhaltige Energie mittels Training, Kapazitätsausbau und Vernetzung lokaler NRO-Partner im Kaukasus und in Zentralasien“


Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhastan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
Donors: German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety / gtz
Partners: Armenian Women for Health and a Healthy Environment (AWHHE), The Green Movement of Georgia, Social Development Center Akhaltsikhe, RCDA – Rural Centre Development Agency, SEMA, Kaukasus Environment, EKOT, Ecological Movement "BIOM", Public Foundation "Camp Alatoo", Foundation „Habitat for Humanity“ Kyrgyzstan, Public Association "Ulgu", Civic Environmental Foundation "UNISON", Mountain Club Jabagly Manas, Eco Museum Karaganda, Little Earth, ASPD NAU, SAFO, Mehriban
Issues: Energy & Climate
Duration: 10/2008 - 03/2009

The project

The aim of the project was to build capacity of 18 women- and environmental NGOs in 7 countries of Caucasus and Central Asia in the area of sustainable energy and climate protection. Main issues were promotion of climate protection in rural areas of the above countries by implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, as well as poverty reduction and sustainable development.

The partner NGOs should receive the knowledge needed for working on a local and regional transformation of the energy sector, promoting energy saving, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

WECF has been working together with 18 NGO partners from the above countries on a joint solution of the energy problem in the region, addressing at the same time the connected problems of poverty and climate change. The project has been realized in cooperation with communal and regional authorities in the project countries; SPARE (Norway); University of Wageningen (Netherlands); TU Hamburg-Harburg; Solar Partner Sued; Atmosfair (Germany).

Practical training on solar collectors, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Capacity building

WECF organized several trainings for the partner NGOs and other related stakeholders (local and national authorities, politicians, representatives of local business and universities) focused on the following 3 topics:

  1. practical implementation of concrete projects, innovative direct contribution to climate change and poverty reduction, taking into account the social roles of men and women and the active involvement and empowerment of women

  2. knowledge transfer of the training participants as multiplicators and trainers

  3. introduction to the possibilities of national and international legislation and processes (UNFCCC)

Conference on Energy and Climate, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Project achievements

The project activities contributed to build the capacity of the project partners and other related stakeholders (local and national authorities, politicians, representatives of local business and universities) to find joint solutions to energy poverty, poverty reduction and climate protection. Demonstration objects have been built to demonstrate sustainable energy solutions in the target countries. Policy recommendations have been developed and presented to local governments and to the UNFCCC.

The project initiated an important first step for awareness raising among multiplicators and population. A remarkable number of trainings and informational events in the project regions, which took place following our trainings, show the further distribution of the knowledge that has been built among our partners through the training. Since 2008, many partner organisations started working on sustainable energy projects, partly independently and partly together with WECF. In its future projects, WECF will further stimulate exchange and technology transfer.

More information

WECF Trainings on sustainable energy and climate:
International training in Munich, June 2008
Regional trainings in Caucasus and Central Asia, November 2008

WECF at the UNFCCC - Climate conference in Poznan, Poland, December 2008
Invitation to the WECF Side event
Statement of Svitlana Slesarenok on behalf of the Women's Caucus
WECF side event with Inforse

Our project at the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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