Students receiving scholarships through the Winrock-implemented Africa Education Initiative — Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program (AEI-AGSP) gathered at a school near Luanda, Angola, as school supplies were being distributed. The event took place at the Centro Horizonte Azula — a boarding school for orphans — as part of International Women’s Day. USAID provides the funding for AEI-AGSP.
Winrock’s American Carbon Registry announced an open public comment period for first-of-a-kind REDD methodology modules. Avoided Deforestation Partners is sponsoring the coordinated effort to develop the modules to estimate emission reductions from projects that Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). The modules were developed by Winrock International, Carbon Decisions, Silvestrum and TerraCarbon, with Climate Focus serving as the secretariat and facilitator. The modules are applicable to projects reducing emissions from planned deforestation, unplanned deforestation and degradation through removal of fuel wood. The modular approach is an effort to streamline the REDD project development process, while ensuring scientific rigor and promoting flexibility for users.
Winrock International staff, partners, beneficiaries and guests gathered in Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh, on May 31 for a celebration of Winrock International’s 25th anniversary. The event commemorated Winrock International’s efforts to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunities and sustain natural resources.
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|Going Solar: New Orleans Public School Now Equipped to Produce Clean Energy
In May, Joseph A. Craig Elementary School in New Orleans began producing clean energy with a 25.6-kilowatt advanced solar electric panel array installed as part of the New Orleans Solar School Initiative (NOSSI), a project designed to rebuild the community, benefit the environment and provide education on climate change. The Craig Elementary installation, the second of an initial four that have been planned, will produce approximately 36 megawatt-hours of electricity annually — enough to power three typical residential homes.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, NOSSI was formed as a partnership among Entergy Corporation, Nike Corporation, Winrock International, the Louisiana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and the city of New Orleans to assist in the revitalization of New Orleans by installing solar energy systems on schools undergoing repairs or new construction. NOSSI is managed by Winrock’s Environmental Resources Trust (ERT). The project was conceived during a carbon offset transaction between Nike and Entergy, both founding members of Winrock’s American Carbon Registry (ACR). Using proceeds from the sale of the carbon offsets, Nike donated $150,000 in seed money and Entergy committed up to $1.5 million to equip four New Orleans schools with solar electric technology. More schools will participate in the program as additional funding becomes available. Also, the project will provide students with a hands-on learning experience for energy conservation and solar electric technology.
“With this project, Nike and Entergy showed how markets can be used to reduce emissions and provide local benefits including helping teachers prepare students for a new energy future,” said John Kadyszewski, director of the American Carbon Registry at Winrock International.
Craig Elementary School reopened in January after an extensive two-year renovation. The school resides in the historic Treme neighborhood in New Orleans.
Strengthening National REDD+ Readiness through Regional Collaboration
More than 70 participants attended the Lower Mekong Subregion (LMS) REDD+ workshop, May 6-7, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop was organized by the Winrock-implemented Asia Regional Biodiversity Conservation Program (ARBCP), which is funded by USAID. Attending the event were guests from the region, national ministries, USAID and the U.S. Embassy.
The workshop was successful in convening national REDD (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) practitioners from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam and building the basis for collaboration and cooperation in the future on REDD+. Specific entry points for collaboration were discussed and countries’ particular comparative advantages in different issues were identified for sharing with neighboring counterparts.
Dr. Sandra Brown and Dr. Sarah Walker, from Winrock’s Ecosystem Services Team, spoke at the event. Dr. Brown provided participants with a view of the impact of REDD+ negotiations on reference emission level (REL) and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) accounting. She also provided information on the major technical issues required for REDD+ readiness. Dr. Walker closed the presentation session by providing participants with a technical view on how to link national and project-level interventions.
Winrock-implemented Project Recognized for Efforts at Mitigating Impact of HIV/AIDS
As part of the pre-conference events of the 5th National Conference on HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Winrock was recognized for its role in implementing the AIDS Impact Mitigation (AIM) project. The AIM project received recognition from the National Youth Network for outstanding work during 2009 in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. Chief of Party Dr. Chalya Lar accepted the award and dedicated it to all the partners of the project, USAID and the AIM project staff, who “make her look good,” she said.
The AIM project is a USAID-funded project implemented by Winrock International to build and strengthen the ability of Nigerian NGOs to respond to the impact of HIV/AIDS in their communities. The project provides direct training and on-the-job technical assistance in program design and implementation. To determine the quality, impact and cost effectiveness of its programs, AIM also regularly monitors and evaluates the implemented activities. To date, the AIM project has reached more than 8,000 adults and children with HIV/AIDS care and support services. More than 7,000 at-risk individuals have been reached with comprehensive prevention programming.