On the occasion of the 14th Steering Committee of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) held at FAO headquartes in Rome, under the reconfirmed chairmanship of Corrado Clini, Minister of Environment of Italy, and Mariangela Rebuá, Director General of the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, a cooperation was discussed between GBEP and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to develop a “Global Bioenergy Atlas”.
A large technical and knowledge gap exists between nations having access to the necessary funding, technologies, and expertise to evaluate their national potentials and countries that do not currently possess those abilities. The Global Bioenergy Atlas aims at combining and expanding existing databases on bioenergy potential around the world into a unique web-portal that will provide essential information for decision making and bioenergy investment.
The membership and mandate of GBEP would enable to successful ly drive the process of mapping global bioenergy resources for the Atlas, in strong cooperation with IRENA.
The Steering Committee further welcomed the important progress made in the ongoing capacity building activities to facilitate sustainable modern bioenergy at the regional level.
Moreover, the first half of 2013 will see the organization of the activity group consisting in a study tour for capacity building and training led by Brazil. In the week of 11th to 15th March 2013, Brazil is hosting the ”Bionergy Week” in Brasília, at EMBRAPA Agroenergy headquarters, to build capacities for the sustainable production of bioenergy, applying GBEP’s sustainability indicators.
The study tour intends to structure and improve the quality of international cooperation, in particular between GBEP and developing countries, in the area of renewable bioenergy. It will also provide developing countries with technical, regulatory and policy tools to develop the sustainable production and use of bioenergy.
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