Enabling Energy Access for the Poor
Achieving universal energy access by 2030 will require a change from ‘business as usual’ approaches in policies, financing, and implementation. Practical Action’s Poor People’s Energy Outlook series has focused on what energy access means for the poor, and what will be needed to address it. This bri...
Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change
Jonathan Ensor, Rachel Berger, Saleemul Huq
As climate becomes less predictable and extreme weather events become more frequent, there is an urgent need for support that will help communities to prepare and adapt to changing conditions. This support is needed at the local level as well as the national, and must be framed by appropriate policy...
Capacity Development for Scaling up Decentralized Energy Access
Elisabeth Clemens, Kamal Rijal, Minoru Takada
Micro hydro power is ideally suited to meeting the energy needs of remote communities.A national micro hydro programme has been operating for more than a decade in Nepal. Similarly a fuel-wood-conserving cooking stoves programme has been operating in Nepal for decades. Capacity development for scali...
Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocols Clean Development Mechanism
Global warming and climate change pose a dire threat to life, demanding urgent global action. The Kyoto Protocol is the United Nations treaty committing signatories to dealing with climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Development Mechanism, Article 12 of the Protocol, is a...
Living with Wildlife
Stuart Coupe, Viv Lewis, Zadoc Ogutu, Cathy Watson
Conflicts over land use exist all over the world. In semi-arid parts of Africa, for example, pastoralists have by no means the same interests as settled farmers, lodge/safari company operators and tourists. Moreover, these conflicts of interest are likely to intensify if rural poverty and dependency...
About two billion people in the world have no adequate sanitation provision. This book is a guide to what has been learned about providing sanitation coverage for both rural and urban low-income communities, and outlines what is appropriate, practical and acceptable.
Women and the Environment
The majority of women in the South have a close and complex relationship to their surroundings. They are profoundly affected by environmental degradation, as they depend directly on natural resources for their livlihoods. Their need for access to these resources often goes unrecognised, as does thei...
Chinese Chain and Washer Pumps
Chinese Chain and Washer Pumps contains twenty one versions of the chain and washer water lifting device, displayed at the 1958 Peking Agricultural Exhibition, China. Each version of the pump was designed and built by separate communes, using local materials, skills and tools.