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International Conference 'Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa'
Lessons learnt from COMPETE
Brussels, Belgium
24 November 2009 - 25 November 2009


Draft Programme (9 October 2009)

Conference Venue:
Hilton Hotel, 38 Boulevard de Waterloo, Brussels, Belgium

Conference coordinators/contact points:
Dr Rainer Janssen, WIP, Germany ()
Mr Dominik Rutz, WIP, Germany ()

Conference organisation support:
Dr Jeremy Woods, Imperial College, United Kingdom ()
Dr Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Imperial College, United Kingdom ()

This international conference is organised by WIP Renewable Energies, Germany, in cooperation with Imperial College London, United Kingdom, in the framework of the project COMPETE (Competence Platform on Energy Crop and Agroforestry Systems for Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems Africa), funded by the European Commission, DG Research.

COMPETE Objectives
The Competence Platform on Energy Crop and Agroforestry Systems for Arid and Semi-arid Ecosystems Africa (COMPETE) has successfully established a platform for policy dialogue and capacity building to identify pathways for the sustainable provision of bioenergy
  • to improve the quality of life and create alternative means of income for the rural population in Africa
  • to aid the preservation of intact ecosystems in arid and semi-arid regions in Africa
  • to enhance the equitable exchange of knowledge between EU and developing countries
COMPETE Activities
COMPETE will deliver a matrix of multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral work-packages
  • to evaluate current and future potential for the sustainable provision of bioenergy in Africa in comparison to existing land use patterns and technologies
  • to facilitate South-South technology and information exchange capitalising the world-leading RD&D in bioenergy in the key countries Brazil, Mexico, India, China and Thailand
  • to develop innovative tools for the provision of financing for national bioenergy programmes and local bioenergy projects, including: carbon credits, bilateral and multi-lateral funding instruments, and the role of international trade
  • to develop practical, targeted and efficient policy mechanisms for the development of bioenergy systems that enhance local value-added, assist local communities and address gender inequalities
  • to establish the Competence Platform to ensure effective dissemination and knowledge exchange inside and outside the network
COMPETE Partnership
The COMPETE partnership comprises 20 European and 23 non-European partners - 11 partners from 7 African countries, 3 regional African policy and financing bodies (African Development Bank; Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network of Southern Africa; UEMOA - Biomass Energy Regional Program), 9 partners from Latin America and Asia - and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

COMPETE website: http://compete-bioafrica.net
Conference Organisation
This international conference is organised by WIP Renewable Energies, Germany, in cooperation with Imperial College London, United Kingdom, in the framework of the project COMPETE, funded by the European Commission, DG Research.
Conference Objectives
The main objective of this conference is to identify cooperation opportunities between stakeholders and policymakers from European and African countries to contribute to the exploitation of bioenergy resources for sustainable development in African countries.

Recent bioenergy initiatives, programmes and projects in African countries will be presented and discussed with respect to their social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Furthermore, partners from the COMPETE project will present lessons learnt on ensuring value creation and sustainability of bioenergy development in Africa in order to:
  • Exploit the benefits of innovative bioenergy solutions with respect to sustainable rural development and improved livelihoods, increased energy access and income generation, alternative markets for agricultural products, security of energy supply, and diversification of energy sources
  • Avoid the dangers of negative social and environmental implications, with regards to land competition, land ownership, insufficient value creation for local farmers, and the 'fuel versus food' debate.
COMPETE conference coordinators/contact points:
Dr. Rainer Janssen, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
Tel.: +49 89 720 12743; Fax +49-89-720 12 791
Email:

Dominik Rutz, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany
Tel.: +49 89 720 12739; Fax +49-89-720 12 791
Email:


Participants of this COMPETE conference will include decision makers and stakeholders from Europe and several African countries, representatives from the Private Sector, NGOs, the donor community, FAO, UNEP, international initiatives as well as national and international energy experts.

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