Geres, Acting for Climate Solidarity
Set up in 1976, Geres is an international development NGO working on the improvement of living conditions and on promoting a development that is fair, environmentally sustainable and climate compatible. Geres works to advance the energy transition along with communities and actors in the field. In order to trigger and accompany major societal changes, Geres encourages the development and dissemination of innovative and adapted energy solutions, supports territorial climate and energy policies and mobilizes stakeholders around the principle of Climate Solidarity: taking necessary action for the climate while acting for the most vulnerable.
With 134 collaborators based in 10 country offices, Geres is active in 19 countries, on 3 continents and implements 89 projects worldwide. In more than 40 years of existence, Geres has implemented 440 projects in 46 countries.
Geres has been working in the country since 2011 to increase access to clean energy and improve the living conditions, livelihoods and wellbeing of the most vulnerable populations. Our team is mostly active in two key sectors: rural economy, and habitat and construction.
- Rural economy. The majority of the population is rural and depends on agriculture and livestock for a living. Due to extreme climatic conditions in rural areas (covering 93% of the country), the cultivation period is short and the range of products is limited. Geres is active in the construction and dissemination of the following solutions:
- Solar greenhouses: to increase the cultivation season, particularly in spring when water is abundant, improve nutrition and increase incomes.
- Bioclimatic cellars: to keep agricultural products several months after the harvest in optimal conditions without any energy input. This enables producers to sell their products at a higher price and consume them during the rest of the year.
- Habitat. In rural areas, the immense majority of houses are built without insulation. In winter, this results in the burning of large quantities of wood, dung and coal for a very limited comfort, high energy bills, extra heating chores for women, air pollution, and deforestation. In winter, the scorching heat makes houses barely inhabitable. Along with local authorities and partners, Geres is working on:
- Renovation of houses to increase thermal comfort, reduce fuel consumption by up to 40% and decrease energy poverty for the most vulnerable households.
- Developing and disseminating low energy consumption (LEC) houses in order to decrease wood and cool consumption by more than 60%.
- Renovation and construction of schools and public buildings.
- Technical training of architects and construction workers.
- Awareness raising of energy efficiency among the population.
- Dissemination of fuel efficient stoves.
- Facilitating access to credit and green finance for energy efficient constructions and renovations, in collaboration with banks and micro-finance institutions.