Final Cooperation Talk

The CREED Summer School was a highly useful and educational pilot project for future cooperations. During this short ,yet dense, period of time German knowledge on achieving energy efficiency was shared, while developing a new understanding the local climatic, technological and cultural aspects of the cooperating countries.
A large range of subjects were investigation during this time such as efficient building techniques and materials, transportation infrastructure (electric based mobility), territorial design, waste and water management and alternative energy sources (HTC, solar etc…). Each one of these subjectswas seen as a seed for a future focused project that would be developed under the CREED Cooperation.

The final cooperation talk presented the conclusions and insights gathered through the SummerSchool and our future plans. The heart of the discussion was the subject, location and funding sources for future projects. Specific action steps were decided and the responsibilities involved were distributed between the members of the cooperation.
Outside advisors participated in the discussion and shared their own personal experience in similar projects and assisted in setting a work schedule.

Partnership Structure and Future Projects
The CREED cooperation will combine academic, research and practical projects.
Each country will locate its experts in the different topics and will be responsible for developing and executing a project, thus transferring their knowledge to the others. Each project will have its own action plan as “smart partnership” taking place in each one of the countries.

A building project in Maputo, Mozambique. Planned for the upcoming summer.
Develop an information centre (perhaps a library and a research centre) that will be a symbol of CREED and will express all the topics raised while integrating academic, research and people needs. It will be a visualisation of energy efficient progressive policies, an example of CREED values and approach. Emphasis will be placed on material and building techniques, as well as accessibility to people. Territorial design tolls can be used to develop this project as an icon through out all of its planning stages, starting with its urban connections and needed infrastructure, up to designing its indoor living conditions and furniture.

This building project will be CREED’s next project. At the same time larger scale projects should be considered such as projects that involve infrastructure systems and have more potential in combining and addressing all the topics discussed under CREED.

Water management project
“1 million rain storage tanks” is a project currently taking place in Brazil and is also relevant for the climate conditions in Mozambique, where water collecting is also a current issue. A joint project can deal with water management systems and their influence on our physical environment. Relevant issues are also the application of water filtering systems instead of the now common lagoons, and introducing and learning from the Brazilian experience with an-aerobic treatment for waste water.

Alternative energy sources
Utilising biomass energy is a topic the government in Mozambique is interested in. A biomass policy was recently published in the country and the subject is in progress. This is a window of opportunity to set a program that will receive support from the country’s highest ranks. German knowledge of developments such as the HTC and technologies such as biogas utilisation can be the base for the project. German companies such as the ones presented during the SummerSchool can participate in the development itself.

Waste management project
These energy production sources can also be a part of a larger waste management project for develop,ent and application in both in Brazil and Mozambique. Another waste related project that can be developed in Brazil is building a structure with “CREED” values for garbage collectors- a common phenomenon of groups that collect and sort waste for a living. Municipalities in Brazil have specific budgets for such community-based projects.

Financing, Course of action and responsibility distribution
Action should be taken in the immediate term (by the end of 2009) in order to set the form of operation for CREED Cooperation in the future.

  • Each school should examine the existing national projects and see who is behind them and how “CREED” can benefit from them. Consider the millennium development goals that all states agreed on in the year 2000. See what the declared sub-goals each cooperating country stated, and what are the national programs to implement them?
  • Unisinos will contact Brazilian officials and understand what support can be achieved for German-Brazilian cooperation.
  • UEM will examine the support of the World Bank in Maputo and in waste management projects, can that support be combined with CREED projects?
  • Each school will find the local “stake holders” and get them to support the project. This includes the local government (ministry of public works, ministry of education, and ministry of environmental affairs), municipality and private sector.
  • HS OWL will identify German companies that can support chosen projects and their format.
  • UEM will write a detailed proposal for the building project in Maputo and submit it to concerning parties.

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