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cosa facciamo ambiente

energy and Environment

Management of natural resources


Why the energy and the environment

For ACRA, working for the sustainable management of natural resources means working to fulfil the right to a clean and healthy environment and an ecosystem that can support the livelihood of people, rights sanctioned by the Stockholm Declaration (1972) and by the Rio Conference (1992). Failure to guarantee these rights denies the most fundamental rights such as the right to healthcare and food.



>>> Energy Program - second phase - Tanzania

>>> 10 micro hydroelectric power plants - Bolivia

>>> GIRS: Integrated Sustainable Waste Management - Ecuador

>>> Less plastic, more opportunities - Cambodia

>>> Sustainable tuk tuk - India


Completed Projects

>>> Tourism against Poverty - Burkina Faso/Tanzania/Ecuador

>>> Amazonia: stop the garbage – Ecuador

>>> The 4Rs of Chinandega - Nicaragua

>>> Energy and innovation - Senegal

>>> Zakouma National Park - Chad

>>> Four municipalities join against waste – Senegal

>>> Energy Program - first phase - Tanzania


Focus of intervention

ACRA defines together with the local communities articulated projects that promote sustainable economic development and ensure the protection of knowledge and natural resources for future generations. Therefore the programs that focus on the environment and natural resources tend to include various components with the objective of obtaining the most complete development possible where the protection of resources, income generating activities, agricultural production, provision of basic services, education and training coexist together.

In the field of energy, in line with the initiative SE4All, ACRA promotes the production and use of renewable energy to increase access to electricity, particularly in rural areas.



How we work

ambiente03The communities are our main contacts: they become key players in the decentralization processes that delegate to the suburbs the provision of basic services (energy, water, waste management) and the responsibility for local resources (forests, watersheds, wildlife) to the periphery; the sustainability of interventions depends on them. We support local entrepreneurs and social enterprises that promote income-generating activities by using natural resources properly.

We ensure that everything is done transparently, and with integrity and participation.

In particular, we successfully tested that the supply of electricity can be an incentive or counterweight that can foster the protection of natural resources. Access to energy has, so far, not been generally seen as a primary need, so much so that it was not included among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Instead, our experience shows that energy can be the key to increasing access to clean water, improving the quality of education and health services and a way to augment local economic development thanks to the economic activities that access to electricity in rural areas can make possible.

In 2014 the Energy Program, built on the premises of interventions in Senegal and Tanzania, underwent further expansion following the approval of a major electrification project in rural Tanzania which, thanks to its size and its ambitious goals, will allow us to test other ways to ensure inclusive and sustainable access to energy. This is the largest single intervention in terms of size approved by the European Union in the history of this organization.