WGC- African Side Event
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in conjunction with ICEIDA and IGE-East African Regional Branch organized an African side event, called WGC 2015 Side Event, in Melbourne, Australia on the 22nd of April from 12:00 – 14:00hrs
This African side event was organized back to back with the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) 2015 that was held in Melbourne, Australia from the 19th – 24th April. The WGC brought together members of the geothermal community across the globe and offered a great opportunity for them to share ideas and knowledge covering geothermal development worldwide.
The Project Manager of African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) project, Meseret Zemedkun, gave an update on geothermal development in Africa. She talked about the existing support programmes available and emphasized on the required synergy among the countries in order to maximize the benefit for transition to clean, sustainable and more resilient growth.
This event, the first of its kind, gave a chance to the African countries to showcase success stories of geothermal development in their countries as well as a comprehensive update on geothermal development in Africa. It was revealed that harmonization and coordination of various geothermal programs in the region will contribute significantly to accelerated resource development by reducing costs and increasing efficiency. It was also agreed that adopting a regional resource development approach as a strategy is essential in acceleration of utilization as well as increased benefits. There were ample networking opportunities with worldwide leading geothermal experts which was essential in the establishment of public private partnerships within the sector.
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