Tag - Sustainable Energy

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The presence of the chimpanzee in Senegal
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Worldcoo founders share experiences to more than a hundred students from KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs
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Crowdfunding reaches the sun
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Governance matters most in sustainable economic development. Ethiopia is doing well
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Worldcoo is looking for Sustainable Energy projects!

The presence of the chimpanzee in Senegal

“The presence of the chimpanzee in Senegal is strategic to secure its northernmost habitat, and it is also crucial to protect and restore if necessary the UICN’s priority area for chimpanzee conservation of the Fouta Jallon in Guinea”, reports Jane Goodall Institute NGO. The main threats faced by the chimpanzee in this territory are: deforestation and habitat degradation by human activities on top of logging (agriculture, farming, wild fruit gathering, and pollution of water courses).

The Jane Goodall Institute reports that the subspecies Pan Troglodytes Verus (West African Chimpanzee) is endangered in the region and presents reduced numbers in Senegal (ranging between 200 and 500 individuals), while numbers in Guinea are higher (between 17 and 22,000 individuals, UICN, 2004) although with an extremely high fragmentation of the habitat. JGI also appoints: “It is crucial to protect and restore if necessary the UICN’s priority area for chimpanzee conservation of the Fouta Jallon in Guinea”.

The Fouta is not only home to the biggest population of chimps in West Africa, it is also considered the water tower of the region. The three main rivers in the region have its source on the Fouta Jallon massif: the Gambia, the Senegal and the Niger River, providing the water needed in many countries from Mauritania to Nigeria that allows the subsistence of millions of Africans. “Protecting the Fouta’s forests is without doubt the most urgent priority in terms of human subsistence and biodiversity conservation in the region”, reports the JGI. Among other important species, “chimpanzee’s survival is especially critical due to several reasons”. To start with, chimpanzees attract tourism, which is an essential activity to improve life standards for the communities in the long term. Secondly, chimpanzees are one of the best indicators of the conservation status of the forests and the ecosystem in general. Finally, the Dindefelo’s Community Reserve, a protected area managed by the local population, is becoming one of the most important centers for nature research in the region and that will enhance the arrival of professors and students which will increase local capacities for better management of the environment. The Jane Goodall Institute concludes that “the recently created (2010) 13300 ha Community Reserve of Dindefelo, and its future cross border enlargement to reach around 74,000 ha on the Guinean side will help achieve both goals, for chimpanzee conservation and ecosystem protection and restoration”.

Source: Jane Goodall Institute.

Worldcoo founders share experiences to more than a hundred students from KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs

Worldcoo’s founders, Aureli Bou and Sergi Figueres, shared their experiences on entrepreneurship last week, in the Networking Day, an event promoted by one of their principal partners, KIC InnoEnergy.

More than a hundred students from different KIC InnoEnergy Masters programs (RENE, MIE, SELECT & Clean Coal) attended the Networking Day Event, held on last Wednesday, February 6th, at CC Iberia Incubator and EsadeCreapolis venues in Sant Cugat. The objective of the activity was to present to the students the KIC InnoEnergy’s mission and business objectives, to create networks between students from technical and management Master programmes, so as to create joint work on the Master thesis, and to develop the added value activities of the students in research and business creation. It has been the first time that students from 4 different KIC InnoEnergy MSc programmes meet together.

The opening speech was performed by KIC InnoEnergy CEO, Diego Pavia, who spoke to the students about the main objectives of the masters, the opportunities they will find along the way and what was expected from them as participants. Afterwards, Aureli Bou and Sergi Figueres, Worldcoo’s founders, shared their experiences on how creating and sustaining a new business with KIC’s support was like.

In the second part of the meeting, the students from RENE, SELECT and Clean Coal visited KIC’s incubator facilities, as well as a sustainable house built by the start-up Noem and located at the entrance of the EsadeCreapolis building. In addition, MIE and RENE students doing the MSc participated in a networking session for the cooperation of their MSc thesis work, structured as a three-minute pitch made by the students. This activity was followed by the session’s wrap up.

Crowdfunding reaches the sun

As Forbes published in this article, “the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission could finalize regulations this year to implement the JOBS Act, the 2012 law that lets startups raise funds directly from mom-and-pop investors”.

There is one startup, called Mosaic, who has already started to make it possible. “The two-year-old Oakland, Calif. firm won approval in California and New York to allow individuals to invest directly via its website. The twist is that the investments are loans, not equity, and the money goes (for now) only to new solar power developments”. They use crowdfunding to let ordinary investors own a piece of the sun.

“One of the fastest ways to build the clean energy economy is to allow more people to benefit from it,” says Billy Parish, Mosaic’s 31-year-old cofounder and president.

Anthony Kim, a solar analyst with research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance, questions whether Mosaic can attract a big enough pipeline of investors to fund large solar projects. “For now, I think it’s a relatively niche product,” he says.

The startup hopes to build on its current 7,000 potential investors via social media referrals and by targeting foundations, financial advisors and corporations.

Source: Forbes.

Governance matters most in sustainable economic development. Ethiopia is doing well

Douglas Beal of the Boston Consulting Group and Andy Ratcliffe of the Africa Governance Initiative, share lessons in The Guardian on how developing countries are turning wealth into wellbeing for their citizens. This video talk about it, and share different examples to understand the reality of this countries and what are they politics respect the sustainable economic development.

Beal defend that there are things that can be done to improve the wellbeing of population which doesn’t required money, “it’s all related in making the right decisions”. He uses Ethiopia as an example of a government that is doing it in the right way. “Ethiopia is actually one of the countries that are the strongest in translating the improvements in their wealth into improvements in wellbeing”, Beal says. “One of the things they have really improved is healthcare and also outcomes of healthcare”. They did it focusing the improvement on what they were wrong: “rather than being reactionary to a particular disease is about getting into the communities, hider communities healthier workers to go out, explain that access to clean water can prevent diseases, uses of condoms,… and all other things that can prevent the need for greater healthcare in the future”, explains.

In their opinion, Ethiopia is very successful at doing that. It has changed in recent years and its evolution is well, but they still have lots of problems to solve. This is why the work done by NGO’s like Intermon Oxfam in there is still needed.

Source: The Guardian.

Worldcoo is looking for Sustainable Energy projects!

Worldcoo wants make the World a better place to life. This is why we are very interested in projects related to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Our aim is to make the Earth a more sustainable place, so this is why we need your help.

Worldcoo is supported by KIC InnoEnergy Iberia, which has specific premises devoted to incubating new companies in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona area). KIC InnoEnergy helps entrepreneurs and companies to turn their ideas, researches or developments into successful products and services, thereby creating new and innovative businesses.

If you have a project related to this thematic area, please do not hesitate to submit it. We will do our best to find the funding you need to make it possible.

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