What the Conference is all about
Wind Empowerment bridges the geographical gap between its members by providing a global platform for knowledge sharing, with the overall aim of empowering more people across the globe to be able to harness the power in the wind and provide access to electricity to those that really need it. This can be partially fulfilled by our online platform, as Skype meetings and email exchanges have allowed the executive board to run the association, however, experience to date has shown that in person meetings that allow members to interact face to face enable them to discuss their experiences, share practical skills and build lasting relationships in a way that simply is not otherwise possible, even with the array of digital technologies available to us in the modern world. Since the Wind Empowerment network is globally dispersed, with our member organisations scattered across over 25 different countries, there is a need for a regular gathering every 2 years, in order to evaluate the progress of current projects and plan for the next 2 years.
Argentina has been chosen as the host country for the association’s 3rd international conference, as there are many active members (500RPM, INTI, Parques Nacionales, and UNPA). What is more, there is a huge potential for small wind technology, as not only does Argentina have some of strongest winds in the entire world, it also has over 2 million people living in rural areas without access to the electrical grid. The vast majority of Argentina’s wind resources are concentrated in the Patagonian region in the far South of the country, which is where both the two venues for this conference are located.
The main goals
This 3rd Wind Empowerment conference aims to stimulate international exchange between actors working in the field of small wind for rural development by:
- Facilitating the sharing of specific skills and know-how between participants.
- Determining how the collaborative experience of Wind Empowerment could be harnessed to promote small wind in Argentina.
- Reviewing the progress of existing collaborative projects and encouraging broader involvement of the association’s membership.
- Setting objectives for each WG for the next 2-year period by defining new projects and participants.
- Electing a new executive board and defining the network’s priorities for the next two years.