AVN Burkina awarded the special SIERO Eco-Habitat
AVN Burkina awarded the special SIERO Eco-Habitat prize
After participating in Ouagadougou's Salon International l'Environnement et des Énergies Renouvelables (SIERO) last season, AVN Burkina Faso was awarded the special SIERO Eco-Habitat prize for sustainable development. Two major prizes and eight special prizes were awarded at the 6th anniversary of the Salon in May 2017.
The Coordinator of the event, M. Check Omar Yéyé, visited the national AVN team in Boromo to give the prize in person to Boubacar Ouily, AVN-Burkina Faso's National Coordinator.
He congratulated all the team for the quality of their work and for the deployment of the NV concept in both rural and urban areas of Burkina. He stressed the fact that the Jury had voted unanimously for the NV concept in respect of its fulfilment of the Eco-Habitat prize criteria (bio-climatic qualities, local materials, respect for the environment, 'green' jobs).
This prize complements the many distinctions which recognise the contributions made by AVN's programme in the environmental and sustainable development fields. The many low-carbon features of the NV ensure that it is an ecologically responsible construction technique, recognised by the Government of Burkina Faso as contributing to its commitments in favour of green developmental solutions*
* In 2015, during COP21 in Paris, Burkina Faso had explicitly mentioned the NV concept as part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC).
Construction of the Matam Town Hall in NV has started!
The construction site of the Matam Town Hall using the NV technique was officially opened last week. The building will have a total surface area of 561 m2 and will be realised in two stages, the first, comprising 367 m2 to be completed this season. It is the first of several NV buildings in the NV Fouta Project.
After the completion of the architectural studies by Al Mizan leading to the public tender document, the market was won by the firms Habitat Moderne*/Rich Man. This is the first NV contract to have been processed through the Senegalese public procurement procedure - a clear sign of the formal institutional recognition of the NV technique.
The construction site was formally opened last Tuesday by the President of the Matam Département Amadou Djibril Diallo and his team, in the presence of the Rich Man firm and several technical actors. The President thanked everyone and stressed the significance of the adoption of the NV technique as an example for other construction projects in the Region.
The fabrication of bricks has already started on the site, pending the laying out of the entire site and the start of construction. 16 Senegalese masons (including 5 new ones) and 8 NV masons from neighbouring countries will be working on this ambitious project.
* In 2016 Habitat Moderne built the Maison des Yvelines, an NV building of 370
The SE4ALL Initiative: a theatre forum to raise awareness about sustainable energy in Burkina Faso
As part of the UN initiative « Sustainable Energy for All» (SE4ALL) *, AVN and the Organisation Catholique pour le Développement et la Solidarité – OCADES - Caritas of Dédougou organised atheatre-forum** at the end of January in Ouroubonon, to raise awareness about how households can improve access to good quality renewable energy;this was organised in collaboration with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) in Burkina and the Mayor of Boromo. Sixty people took part, including institutional actors from surrounding communes (Boromo, Petit Balé, Lapara, Wahabou), including Fatoumata Sankima, representing the Departmental Service of the environment, the green economy and climate change in Boromo.
The principal of the theatre-forum was well appreciated: each participant was able to contribute to the topic and offer suggestions for good practice. A group of actors enlivened the the meeting very successfully, and AVN and OCADES were able to respond to specific questions as needed. As a result of this success, the AVN Burkina Faso team suggested that similar meetings should be organised to make the relevant information accessible for as many people as possible.
During the discussions on housing and energy, the NV concept was addressed as an architectural solution for construction of low-carbon energy efficient buildings. As a result, many of the participants learnt about the AVN Programme and asked for it to be promoted in their locality.
* Launched by the UN Secretary General in September 2011, the SE4ALL Initiative aims, by 2030, to provide energy for everyone, to double both energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy resources in the global energy mix (source: Wikipedia).
** A theatre-forum involves participatory improvisation aimed at raising community awareness of the social and economic issues around a specific theme.
Construction of the Matam TownHall in NV has start
The SE4ALL Initiative theatre forum