1. 1.5MB Bioenergy Market System Development Comparing Participatory Approaches
in Kenya and Sri Lanka,Biomass is the most commonly consumed form of energy in Kenya at about 68% of the national energy consumption. The charcoal industry employs over 700,000 people and represents the second largest rural industry in the country (ES DA, 2005).
2. 6MB Bioenergy in Sri Lanka: Resources, Applications, Initiatives,Sri Lanka to this day suffers from poverty and inequality, with over 23% of the population living below the national poverty line. Being a tropical county however, it benefits from extensive vegetation and biodiversity, making bioresources, bioresidues and biofuels is a highly favorable source of energy.Bioenergy has the potential to help meet the country's energy demand sustainability, while reducing the financial burden caused by a 43% dependency on imported petroleum. It would help increase decentralized energy production thus increasing regional and national energy security and would promote decentralized economic development in Sri Lanka.
3. 882KB Bioenergy Policy Review in Tanzania,In Recent Years there has been a growing interest in the bio fuel sector in Tanzania.Local and multilateral companies are acquiring big portions of land some in the range of 400,000 hectares in many parts of the country. It is believed that the country has a reserve of 88 million hectares for Agriculture. This report is a result of review work done on policies, laws and strategies related to bio energy.
4. 2MB Status Report on Use of Fuelwood in India, The notion that fuel wood extraction is a forestry problem is increasingly being challenged in recent times. Forest degradation and deforestation are no longer attributed to unsustainable fuelwood extraction as supply sources have been diversified. Increasing reliance on non-forest sources and flexibility in household fuel use has taken out the pressure from forests.This report delves
further to analyse the following inherent issues.
5. 524KB Bioenergy Advance Market Commitments (AMCs) in Sri Lanka, Over the last decade feed-in tariffs offering a stable and favorable price for electricity generated from renewable
sources over that generated from fossil-fuels have been employed in support of renewable energy sectors in several
European countries. Feed in tariffs were initially criticized by more market-oriented countries which favored more
complex renewable obligations and tradable certification schemes. Nonetheless, they have become widely recognized
for their effectiveness in creation of renewable markets, and have also been taken up by several low and middle-income
countries, including Sri-Lanka, which introduced such a measure in its energy policy of 2006. More recently,
feed-in tariffs have been grouped under the wider heading of Advance Market Commitments.
6. 1.7MB Bioenergy and Poverty in Kenya:Attitudes, Actors and Activities, This report presents the findings of socio-economic baseline surveys carried out by the Eastern Africa office of Practical Action Consulting in Kenya between March and December 2008. This was part of a broader baseline data creation exercise carried out across the respective PISCES countries around the same period to help provide a better understanding of some of the current issues relating to bioenergy use, access and delivery at the community level.
7. 2.7MB Scale-Up and Commercialisation of Improved Cookstoves in Sri Lanka, Interest in cook stove improvement in Sri Lanka started in the early 1950s. These activities were initiated among the migrant South Indian community that worked in tea plantations concentrated in the central part of the country who had been influenced by the interest generated in the South India. However, these were not replicated in other parts of the country, possibly due to the abudance of the fuel-wood in those areas and also due to a lack of wider interest and awareness of the significance if Improved Cook Stoves (ICS).
8. 212KB Analysis of the Value Chain for Biogas in Tanzania Northern Zone, This study aimed at exploring weaknesses in the biogas value chain that hinder wider dissemination of the technology in Tanzania.
The research included assessment of processes and activities carried out by the players, the influencers and business supporters of the
biogas value chain. The methodology used is holistic, combining literature review with focus group discussions and interviews with actors and observations of processes across the value chain in Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions, where biogas has the longest history in Tanzania.
9. 718KB Sustainable Biofuels Crops and Access in Developing Countries , The rising Demand for biofuels has sparked a debate over the threat that energy security poses to food security, but there are few available studies into the the impact of biofuel production on the availability of food deomestically.
10. 884KB Policies and Regulations Affecting Biomass-Related Energy Sector Development in Sri Lanka , So as to make biomass energy a sustainable alternative, a holistic approach is needed. This includes consideration of the full biomass supply chain, the quality and quantity of biomass production, conversation of biomass into other energy forms, and management of bioenergy production systems in a sustainable manner with minimal impact on the environment.
11. 567KB Pisces Food Security Scoping Study, In recent months, rising food prices and food supply shortages have led to unprecendented riots across the developing
world. Primarily driven by the Western world, the on-going push to source and produce biofuel for transportation has been
strongly linked to growing concerns for food security and has given fresh impetus and renewed vigour to the so-called 'food vs fuel' debate.
12. 2.4MB FAO - PISCES Case Studies: Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives Final Report-Updated 2 April 2009 with corrections to Case Study 9 summary and Case Studies 6 and 15.
Fifteen case studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America were undertaken to assess the impacts that different types of local-level bioenergy initiatives can have on rural livelihoods. The report concludes with preliminary lessons and recommendations for further work.
13. 444KB Policies and Regulations Affecting Biofuel Development in Kenya, PISCES Policy Brief No. 1 December 2008: An assessment of government initiatives to encourage biofuel development finds the industry is hampered by a lack of policy frameworks.
14. 92KB Choosing Stakeholders for a Policy Consultative Process, PISCES Policy Brief No. 2 December 2008: Demonstrates how a market mapping approach provides a systematic method of identifying stakeholders, and carrying out an analysis of the critical role stakeholders play when dealing with biofuels products and services.
15. 70KB Policy Innovation Systems for Clean Energy Security (PISCES)
Terms of Reference (ToR) Consortium Advisory Group (CAG).
16. 269KB Gender and Equity in Bioenergy Access and Delivery in Kenya, April 2008: A comprehensive assessment of gender as it relates to bioenergy access, delivery, supply, and production. Policy dimensions and other issues are also considered.
17. 73KB View Point - An interview with Benard Muok
18. 2MB New Knowledge for Sustainable Bioenergy (PISCES brochure)