First fair on renewables for communities of the Amazon begins today

Climate Alliance is supporting indigenous communities understand the potential of renewable energies with its contributions to the Energy & Communities fair and symposium in Manaus, Brazil.

"The fair is a good opportunity to exchange with other stakeholders on renewable energy strategies for communities, especially after Climate Alliance’s establishment of a new fund for renewable energies at the 35th anniversary of COICA two weeks ago. We are delighted to be able to support COICA and its member organisations in these questions going forward," explains Thomas Brose, Executive Director of Climate Alliance.

The focus of the fair is on energy strategies in the Amazon region and concrete solutions for communities that do not have access to the public power grid. A special highlight will be the presentation of the Kara Solar project, a solar-powered boat developed in collaboration with the indigenous Achuar people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Climate Alliance’s indigenous partner organisation COICA will present this pilot project as an important part of its energy strategy for the entire Amazon Basin. Climate Alliance supports COICA in this strategy and will also present the experiences from the long-standing solar lamp project in Peru at the fair.

Climate Alliance and representatives of Climate Alliance Austria participate with various activities and will discuss new ideas and approaches with more than 400 participants from the Amazon region. The co-organisers Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and Climate Alliance support the event as part of the EU project "Change the Power - (Em)Power to Change".

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