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Joint Small Hydro and Cogeneration Projects Launch and Capacity Building Workshop


8th November 2007 at UNEP Headquarters Complex, Gigiri in Nairobi, Kenya


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Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination (UNEP-GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA) and the Energy, Environment and Development Network for Africa (AFREPREN/FWD).

The follow-up and Capacity Building Workshop on Financing Cogeneration and Small-Hydro Projects in the Sugar and Tea Industry in East and Southern Africa is organized by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Partnerships (REEEP), EATTA and AFREPREN/FWD.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. To accomplish this, UNEP works with a wide range of partners, including United Nations entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.

UNEP work encompasses:

  • Assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends

  • Developing international and national environmental instruments

  • Strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment

  • Facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technology for sustainable development

  • Encouraging new partnerships and mind-sets within civil society and the private sector.

UNEP's global and cross-sectoral outlook is reflected in its organizational structure, its activities and is personnel. Being based in Africa gives UNEP a clear advantage in understanding the environmental issues facing the world's developing countries.

To ensure its global effectiveness UNEP supports six regional offices, plus a growing network of centres of excellence such as the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) centres and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). UNEP also has major offices in Geneva and Paris, where its Division of Technology, Industry and Economics is situated.

UNEP also hosts several environmental convention secretariats including the Ozone Secretariat and the Montreal Protocol's Multilateral Fund, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on Migratory Species, and a growing family of chemicals-related agreements, including the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and the recently negotiated Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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African Development Bank (AfDB)

The African Development Bank is the premier financial development institution of Africa, dedicated to combating poverty and improving the lives of people of the continent and engaged in the task of mobilizing resources towards the economic and social progress of its Regional Member Countries. The Bank’s s mission is to promote economic and social development through loans, equity investments, and technical assistance.

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (ADB) is a regional multilateral development finance institution. Currently based in Tunis under the nomenclature of the ADB Temporary Relocation Agency, ADB is a co-implementing agency of the Cogen for Africa project together with UNEP.

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Global Environment Facility (GEF)

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), established in 1991, helps developing countries fund projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

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REEEP - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is an active, global public-private partnership that structures policy and regulatory initiatives for clean energy, and facilitates financing for energy projects.

Backed by more than 200 national governments, businesses, development banks and NGOs, REEEP is uniquely placed to contribute to international, national and regional policy dialogues.  Our aim is to accelerate the integration of renewables into the energy mix and to advocate energy efficiency as a path to improved energy security and reduced carbon emissions, ensuring socio-economic benefits.

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Pro€Invest is an EU-ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) partnership programme developed and undertaken by the European Commission on behalf of the ACP countries.
Pro€Invest, which has a budget of 110 million EURO over a period of 7 years, is financed by the European Development Fund (EDF).

Its implementation has been entrusted to a Management Unit within the Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) under the supervision of the EuropeAid, Co-operation office on the European Commission

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AFREPREN/FWD - Energy, Environment and Development Network for Africa Website

AFREPREN/FWD is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Nairobi, Kenya, with vast expertise on energy in East and Southern Africa and some experience in Western Africa. It brings together expertise, skills of two past initiatives/programmes that have been active in small-scale, medium-scale and large-scale biomass energy regional programmes namely; the African Energy Policy Research Network (AFREPREN) and the Foundation for Woodstove Dissemination (FWD).

Since its initiation in 1989, AFREPREN/FWD has successfully implemented 90 research projects involving about 200 African energy researchers and policy makers from 19 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa.


East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA)

East African Tea Trade Association is a voluntary organization of tea producers, buyers(exporters), brokers, packers and warehouses, affording them a disciplined environment in which to interact commercially, and to promote the best interests of the trade in Africa. EATTA has been in operation for over 47 years, representing tea stakeholders from 12 countries - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi,The DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar and Zambia.

The East Africa Tea Trade Association is based in the port of Mombasa , Kenya . The EATTA operates the Tea Auction of Mombasa for all East African tea. It is engaged in Tea Warehousing and Brokerage.

Members of the EATTA are either engaged in the processing of tea leaves into tea or in the tea trade. Members of EATTA are located in all countries that produce tea in the region: Burundi , Kenya , Malawi , Rwanda , Tanzania , Uganda , Zambia , and Zimbabwe . In some cases individual tea manufacturers are EATTA members, in other cases entire groups or associations are registered as single members. Example: In Kenya , the KTDA – Kenya Tea Development Agency – with 56 tea factories is classified as one single member. The EATTA liaises with various National Authorities on behalf of its members.
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