The World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) started this June a circuit dealing with Green Economy, its application and feasibility in the countries. In Fortaleza, which hosts representatives from the Americas from June 24 to 26, some successful cases of Green Economy in Africa were presented as models to be followed by the world.
Enhanced irrigation in Kenya
Recognized for the recent banishment the use of plastics, Kenya has stood out with sustainable initiatives. One of them is the Greenhouses Sensor, which automates irrigation services by monitoring temperature, humidity, and the amount of water being used to avoid waste and maximize gains.
Similar to the Greenhouses Sensor, RainMaker 2 is a solar-powered irrigation system that can map the best times and quantities of water to use during the process.
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North of Africa: more energy, more water
In Africa, initiatives in Morocco and Egypt are used as an example. In Morocco, due to the country’s high dependence on imported energy, the government, with support from the World Bank, has invested in energy efficiency techniques to implement a general reform in this sector. The action began in 2016 and has already succeeded in the country. In early 2019, the Moroccan government announced a US$ 14 billion investment in renewable energy projects.
In Egypt, due to the intense drought that has devastated the country in recent years, the solution found was a machine capable of saving half the water and about a quarter of the fertilizer in the rice plantations. The practice, besides being economical, manages to maintain the productivity of the plantation.
Uganda’s green coal
Large forest areas in Uganda and East Africa as a whole have been heavily devastated for the use of firewood in coal production. In the country, sustainable initiatives have invested in “green coal”, or Green Charcoal. In recent years, the initiative has prevented more than 70,000 trees from being felled.
Some of Brazil’s green initiatives were also presented during the Regional Ministerial Conference of the Americas. Among the initiatives are ENGENE Jr, a junior company of sustainable solutions at the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusophony (Unilab). Created in 2016, the company develops energy efficiency projects. Currently, the company has 16 students, 3 tutors and one energy engineer.