Cane Resources Network for Southern Africa (CARENSA)










Workshop on Biomass, Sustainable Livelihoods and International Trade, April 2005, London

A workshop on “Biomass, Sustainable Livelihoods and International Trade,” was held in London at the end of April 2005. The focus was on North-South trade and technology partnerships, with special emphasis on the EU and southern Africa. Some additional events organized in conjunction with the workshop included two study visits and a special seminar that was held. Ten CARENSA partners participated in this workshop.
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CARENSA- Mauritius Workshop, 14-20 November 2004, Mauritius

The event although covering CARENSA latest developments and the SADC region, also focused on Policy issues in large-scale renewable energy development in Mauritius, Cogeneration experience in Mauritius, large scale ethanol production in Mauritius and research for sustainable development in cane industry. The workshop included a stakeholders meeting & a technical visit. This workshop will impact development & policy issues since the stakeholder groups participating include the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute, the Mauritius Sugar Authority, the University of Mauritius and the private sector.

Final Agendas:
Thematic NetworkMeeting Agenda (150kB PDF)
Stakeholder's Meeting Agenda (150kB PDF)
Technical Workshop Agenda (150kB PDF)

Click for FULL MEETING AGENDA (html) - Includes links to some presentations

The main forms of interaction, communication, and information dissemination through the network include:
· Project Meetings
· Scientific Exchanges
· Study Visits
· Three Workshops
· Continuously updated website
· Electronic newsletter
· Participation in International Conferences

The thematic network was launched in Fall 2001 and will continue until September 2005. Publications resulting from the project are expected to include five thematic reports, three workshop proceedings, conference papers, journal articles, and a book.

Previous Meetings:

[individual presentations are kept on the private section of the website accessible via the partners/members link with appropriate username and password]

Overview: Energy from Sugar Cane in Brazil

CARENSA's Workshop and Stakeholders Meeting- December 8-12, 2003, Durban, South Africa.

CARENSA's first Workshop was held in December 2003, in Durban, South Africa. It was organised by the University of Natal, South Africa and co-organised by the SEI. The workshop included several partners' meetings and a Stakeholders Meeting. Each Workpackage (WP) was presented by the different partners along with outlines of The Thematic Reports. Review of conferences and meetings attended was also covered during the meetings. Participants broke into small groups and developed their Work Packages and Thematic Reports together.
A Stakeholders Meeting held on the December 11, 2003 assembled diverse actors. Stakeholders from the sugar industry, research institutions, government and the Cane Resource Network for Southern Africa (CARENSA) gathered to discuss the bioenergy potential of sugarcane and complementary crops. Another purpose of the workshop was to discuss issues emerging from CARENSA questionnaire designed and distributed to elicit opinions on the feasibility and desirability of cogeneration and ethanol production by sugar producers in the region.

Organizations represented were:

  • Central Energy Fund (Pty) Ltd
  • Centre for Energy, Engineering and Environment Zambia*
  • Environmental Management Department - Ethekwini Municipality
  • Illovo Sugar
  • Imperial College, London*
  • International Sugar Organisation (ISO)*
  • Interuniversity Research Centre on Sustainable Development (CIRPS)*, University of Rome
  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs
  • Nandi Investments - member of Women in Oil and Energy in South Africa (WOESA)
  • PGBI International
  • School of Life and Environmental Sciences - University of KwaZulu-Natal*
  • South Africa National Department of Agriculture
  • South African Cane Growers' Association
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)*
  • Sugar Milling Research Institute
  • Winrock International, India*
* CARENSA partners