Latin American (LA) developing countries are highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Despite the fact that adapting to climate change has high priority among many LA governments, a current lack of technology and access to resources hinder these countries to adapt successfully. Therefore, there is a need for international assistance to enable Latin America to cope with the many challenges climate change poses to them.
It is on the basis of the above needs, the project CELA – Network of Climate Change Technology Transfer Centres in Europe and Latin America is being proposed as part of the ALFA Programme. The purpose of the project is not only to improve the academic quality of European and Latin American higher education institutions (HEI), but also to strengthen the role of HEI to contribute to sustainable development and social cohesion.
The partners and network members of the ALFA III project “Network of Climate Change Technology Transfer Centres in Europe and Latin America (CELA), having met in Antigua, Guatemala, on 29-30 August 2013, have published the so-called “Antigua Declaration”, a document which calls for a better engagement of the academic community in efforts on sustainable technology transfer on climate change between Europe and Latin America.
The declaration comprises ten principles which refer to specific challenges and opportunities for the Latin American region, the key role which universities can play for improved social cohesion, sustainable development and adaptation to climate change impacts, and the need for inclusion of the most vulnerable groups of society, e.g. women and indigenous groups, to achieve sustainability of any actions.
In order to pursue the Principles of this declaration, the CELA partners have set up permanent offices. If you want to join this initiative and set up a permanent climate technology transfer office at your institution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the keyword “Antigua declaration” accompanied by an official letter of intent (LoI) signed by your institution.
The access to electrical energy has a key role with regards to the socio-economic development and poverty alleviation in particular. The local generation and use of renewable energy offers a significant potential for the local economic development apart from different environmental benefits. In presentations from European and South American speakers as well as in discussion rounds the challenges and opportunities of renewable electricity generation for the socio-economic development will be highlighted.
This seminar will offer a forum for German key actors in the renewable energy technology transfer and development cooperation sectors, to exchange experience between each other and to enter into a dialogue with representatives from Latin American universities. This seminar seeks to promote the exchange of experiences between universities, NGOs and enterprises working in international renewable energy technology transfer. Moreover, it aims to initiate partnerships and contribute to closer networking between institutions in the field of renewable energy and development cooperation. Continue reading »
The book publication, produced in the frame of the ALFA Puentes project, presents a selection of collaboration projects and initiatives undertaken by European universities with their Latin American counterparts such as CELA (see pages 89-95). The objective of this publication is to promote good practices in higher education and research collaboration, to demonstrate sustainability measures that have resulted from existing collaboration programmes, and to identify existing possibilities to strengthen relations between the regions. Examples of diverse collaboration approaches at institutional and national levels were drawn from European partners of the Alfa Puentes project such as the French Rectors’ Conference (CPU), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the Spanish Rectors’ Conference (CRUE), the SGroup European Universities’ Network (SGroup), the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP) and the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (CRUP), and from individual members of these umbrella organisations such as the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Haw Hamburg). Continue reading »
The Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP) provides research grants in environmental and resource economics to Latin American and Caribbean researchers, thanks to the support from IDRC and IDB. It provides not only financial support, but meetings, resource persons, access to literature and opportunities for comparative research on public economics, with emphasis on environmental economics and its relationship with development, poverty, education, health, and others.
Grants are provided twice a year. Currently LACEEP is starting the call for proposals for the XVIII round of awards, and the deadline is March 11, 2014. The call does not have specific thematic; however, this year LACEEP is giving priority to research oriented towards biodiversity and climate change issues. Find the documents related to the call here:
ALFA III: Supporting social equality and integration between Latin America and the European Union
The ALFA III team of the European Commission has just released the new publication “ALFA III: Supporting social equality and integration between Latin America and the European Union” which consolidates the main objective, history and achievements of the ALFA III programme. The goal of this brochure is to illustrate key results of the ALFA III programme in the LA region through specific examples, for example CELA (see page 19-20 with best practices from Guatemala). Seven stories showcase the successful impact of EU-LA cooperation in higher education in different areas such as climate change, access to education in rural areas and support to SMEs.
The brochure is available online in English and Spanish on the ALFA III website.
Universidad Católica Boliviana‘s pilot project represents a Lifelong Learning Centre for sustainable agro forestry at the UBC university campus in Carmen Pampa. By offering training material and building technical skills on the proper handling of fire in farming practices, the centre aims to contribute to decreasing the number of forest fires in buffer zones of protected areas and forest protection. The dedicated facilities include physical spaces where practice techniques for the replacement of fire in agriculture, livestock and forestry are demonstrated.
A key CELA publication is the “Transnational Recommendation Report” which amasses some key information, findings and experiences gained within the CELA project. This report, which contains some of the key lessons learned from the project CELA, can provide a better understanding on how climate issues corresponding transfer of technology and knowledge may be better handled in both the European and Latin American Region. It is hoped that readers at universities, research centres, NGOs and companies working on and interested in climate issues will benefit from the information compiled in this Transnational Recommendation Report, and that it will be useful in supporting future efforts in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Welcome to today’s Latin American Climate Teach-In Day 2013! This virtual event will be held 100% on-line on Thursday 12 December 2013, a day devoted to discussions and lectures on aspects of climate change in Latin America. Some key experts and institutions will be providing various inputs, via power points presentations which can be downloaded and used. The event offers an excellent opportunity to promote and showcase research and projects in that region. Access the platform free of charge here: http://latinamerican-climateday.net/
Three successful years of European Latin American cooperation come to an end. This latest, final newsletter of the European-Latin American project reviews the recent major events in Guatemala and Hamburg and highlight key deliverables our successful European and Latin American collaboration and the vast outcomes of our three-year project. In line with the Antigua Declaration, climate change information centres continue to be active even beyond project end to contribute to social cohesion and sustainable development in their regions and beyond. The partner universities are committed to engage in various ways – be it individually or in the frame of our successful EU-LA network – to tackle the many challenges which climate variability and climate change pose, not only on global level but especially for regions as vulnerable as Latin America.
Enjoy the reading and stay in touch with our CELA teams in Latin America & Europe! Download the newsletter here:
In 2009, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation introduced the ‘International Climate Protection Fellowships’ to support network-building and promote sustainable cooperation between German and foreign experts. The 5th call for applications for this programme is now open. The fellowship targets prospective leaders from non-European transition and developing countries who are involved with issues relating to the scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change.
The young climate experts will come to Germany for a year to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a joint research-related project dedicated to the exchange of knowledge, methods and techniques. They receive up to 2,750 EUR per month plus benefits such as comprehensive family allowances, a German language course and a lump sum for travel expenses. Up to 20 fellowships are granted, funded under the Federal Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative. Continue reading »
Held on 4 November 2013, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) organized the final international seminar of the ALFA III Project CELA at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce with 50 international and local participants from authorities, businesses, NGOs and the academic sector. It was a great honor for the organizers of HAW to welcome the free and Hanseatic City’s Senator of Science and Research, Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt who welcomed the audience and gave a brief overview of the vast activities of her city in the field of climate change and education, such as the recent ‘Night of Research’. From a business perspective, Michael Westhagemann, Vice President of Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce, emphasized the importance of improved cooperation between European and Latin America, not only in terms of economic opportunities but also in terms of joint qualifications. Continue reading »