Aug 7, 2017

The Nubian Vault latest news

AVN at the World Forum on desertification
AVN at the World Forum on desertification

Desertification & Habitat: how AVN contributes to the preservation of African ecosystems

Over one-third of the planet's land surface is affected by desertification today, essentially in dry regions where 2 billion of the poorest people in the world live. In West Africa, this degradation of the land is accelerated by climate change, increasing human activity, deforestation, and fragile socio-economic systems.

Although often considered as secondary influences, the built habitat and associated construction techniques can have both positive and negative impacts on the causes and consequences of desertification.

The Nubian Vault technique promoted by AVN helps significantly to preserve ecosystems and their biodiversity, through the use of locally available and appropriate construction materials. In a wider context, AVN's programme encourages socio-economic development of rural populations (often those most affected by the consequences of desertification), in particular through sustainable job creation and the strengthening of local economic circuits.

Accordingly, as part of the global day for the fight against desertification and drought initiated by UNCCD and celebrated in June each year, AVN took part in two international events: the World Forum on desertification and drought in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), and the Désertif’Actions Forum in Strasbourg.

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AVN Steering Committee: a strategic event for the programme

AVN's end-of-season Steering Committee brought together some 40 participants at the beginning of July in Burkina Faso to analyse the season's results, and to discuss the evolution of the programme, its methodologies, and priority strategic orientations.

This season an important role was assigned to workshops on the programme's key themes: technical and entrepreneurial training, awareness raising and the kickstart method, incentives to accelerate market growth etc.

Members of the regional, national, and international teams worked together on the operational improvements needed, identifying the drivers for each methodology in the light of the different contexts. This collaborative work was a great success, and will facilitate the definition of strategies for each regional team and for the various centres.

Some serious discussions were also held on the internal organisation of AVN, in view of a better definition of each staff member's roles and more efficient working methods.

The next stage: to update our methodological corpus, refine our regional and central strategies so as to combine growth with a balanced budget, refine each staff member's job description, and develop internal communication in the light of new activities.

Next meeting: at the start of the 2017/2018 season, for Committee approval of the new season's strategy and budget.

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Workshop on strategic orientations
Workshop on strategic orientations

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Jun 15, 2017

AVN and the fight against climate change

AVN's Rinaudo receives WHA, Nairobi
AVN's Rinaudo receives WHA, Nairobi

As illustrated in the following recent news items, AVN is now formally recognised, nationally and internationally, as a major player in sustainable development, eco-housing, and the fight to combat the effects of climate change on the most fragile populations of Africa. This recognition comes after 16 years of steady growth in the AVN programme in the Sahel, a growth enabled by your help. Please keep up your support for our work!

 

AVN receives the World Habitat Award (WHA) in Nairobi

 

AVN received the World Habitat Award on Monday May 8th in Nairobi, at the 26th plenary opening session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat. During the entire week, this bi-annual meeting brings together representatives of member states for the implementation of the new Urban Agenda, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Objectives and the Paris Climate Agreement.

 

After the presentation of the laureates by David Ireland, Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF), Joan Clos, UN Deputy Secretary General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat presented the trophy to Cécilia Rinaudo, AVN Deputy Director, for the programme « A Roof, A Skill, A Market» carried out by the Association in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin, and Ghana over the last 17 years.

 

In his speech, Joan Clos emphasised that «affordable housing presents a tremendous challenge worldwide: in both developing and developed world, housing is unaffordable». The other Award winner, the programme of European cooperatives for eco-housing « More than housing » was also recognised and praised during the ceremony.

 

In the afternoon, during an event organised by BSHF, Cécilia Rinaudo presented the AVN programme, stressing that the long-term evolution of appropriate construction practices in Africa is only achievable if it takes on board the challenges faced by the populations concerned: decent housing, 'green' employment, adaptation to and attenuation of climate change, economic independence etc. Christophe Lalande, Head of the Housing Department, emphasised the support of UN-Habitat for AVN's programme as a major solution for access to affordable and sustainable housing for the many.

 

AVN at the World Economic Forum

 

At the beginning of May,Thomas Granier, Director General and co-founder of AVN, was invited by the Schwab Foundation to take part in the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Durban, South Africa. The meeting convened regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to agree priorities that will help Africa achieve inclusive growth through responsive and responsible leadership.

 

A four-day 'Solutions Summit' was organised alongside the Forum, uniting three networks brought together by the Schwab Foundation: the Young Global Leaders, the Global Shapers and theSchwab Social Entrepreneurs. Thomas Granier and Séri Youlou, as co-founders of AVN, were recognised in this last category in 2012, when AVN won the African Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

 

AVN at UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn

 

Eighteen months after COP21 and the commitment of member states to combat the effects of climate change, delegations from the 196 member countries of the UN Climate Change Convention held discussions in Bonn this monthconcerning implementation of the Paris Agreement. This Agreement aims to commit the international community to act to limit global warming, in particular by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

 

AVN, present at the Bonn Conference as a major player in the adapted housing sector in Africa, ran a stand from May 15th -18th to raise awareness of the impact of the construction sector on greenhouse gas emissions, and to present the example of the Nubian Vault concept as a potential mitigation. The AVN Programme well illustrates the fact that simple and affordable solutions can contribute significantly to limit the effects of climate change, and at the same time improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations.

 

Cecilia Rinaudo, AVN's Deputy Director was also invited by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to contribute to a conference on May 12th on the themes of energy efficiency, green jobs, and low-carbon initiatives, along with three other laureates of the Momentum for ChangeAward.

 

AVN strengthens links with Burkina Faso Government and civil society

AVN took part in May in the Salon International des Énergies Renouvelables (SIERO) of Ouagadougou, along with some 30 NGO's who came to present their initiatives in promoting renewable energies and awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues. It was a golden opportunity for AVN to make participants aware of the NV concept as a contribution to attenuation of and adaptation to climate change, and the importance of integrating the adapted housing issue into Burkina Faso's public policies on sustainable development.

Marjolaine Bert, AVN's Operations Director in Burkina Faso and Boubacar Ouily, National Coordinator, presented the AVN programme during a conference in the presence of many ministerial, regional, and municipal representatives. Afterwards, the AVN stand was visited by the General Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, and by a delegation of the mayors of Burkina Faso, a clear indication of their interest in the NV concept and its promotion by AVN. Many other visitors – including representatives of NGO's and other agencies and institutions, as well as potential clients and builders - crowded the AVN stand, showing their interest in the NV concept as a low-carbon sustainable option.

AVN has just been admitted as the latest member of Burkina Faso's Secrétariat Permanent des Organisations Non Gouvernementales (SPONG). This organisation brings together most of the NGO's, national and international development agencies, foundations, and R&D centres working in the country. It is also the focal point for the Réseau Sahel Désertification (ReSaD) in Burkina Faso, an initiative of the Centre d’Actions et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI), in which AVN is already involved in France, in the Desertification Working Group.

 

Membership of SPONG will strengthen AVN's role in promoting the sustainable housing and construction sector in Burkina Faso, in accordance with the objectives of the President's National Social and Economic Development Plan 2016-2020, and the Nationally Determined Contributions defined at COP21 in Paris.

 

Every little helps

 

A reminder about why the NV concept helps, in its small way, to attenuate and adapt to the effects of climate change and global warming:

- no trees are cut down for construction timber, so helping to check the increase in desertification in the Sahel,

- no tin roofing sheets or cement are used, so avoiding the high energy costs and impacts of their manufacture and transport, thus considerably reducing CO2 emissions,

- the basic construction materials (rocks, earth, water) are generally sourced locally, avoiding transport costs and pollution,

- the money saved through use of local materials and labour, and the creation of local markets in NV construction, means that more cash is available to help support the local economy in a sustainable fashion.

 

The fact that AVN's contribution to overcoming the challenge of global warming has been recognised at both international and national levels is a tribute to the conviction and hard work of all involved, especially AVN's teams in the Sahel and the hundreds of masons trained through the programme.

 

With your continuing support and help, we can scale up our work even further, and strengthen our commitment to the (almost!) universally recognised goals of the UN Climate Change Convention, and to the betterment of the living conditions of the poorest populations of the Sahel.

 

 

AVN workshop at UN-Habitat, Nairobi
AVN workshop at UN-Habitat, Nairobi
Granier and participants at WEF, Durban
Granier and participants at WEF, Durban
UN Climate Change meeting, Bonn, Germany
UN Climate Change meeting, Bonn, Germany
AVN stand at SIERO, Ouagadougou
AVN stand at SIERO, Ouagadougou
SPONG participants, Ouagadougou
SPONG participants, Ouagadougou

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May 23, 2017

A busy month of May for AVN internationally...

Rinaudo receives World Habitat Award
Rinaudo receives World Habitat Award

AVN receives the World Habitat Award in Nairobi

AVN received the World Habitat Award on Monday May 8th in Nairobi, at the 26th plenary opening session of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat. During the entire week, this bi-annual meeting brings together representatives of member states for the implementation of the new Urban Agenda, in accordance with the Sustainable Development Objectives and the Paris Climate Agreement.

After the presentation of the laureates by David Ireland, Director of the Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF), Joan Clos, UN Deputy Secretary General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat presented the trophy to Cécilia Rinaudo, AVN Deputy Director, for the programme « A Roof, A Skill, A Market» carried out by the Association in Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin, and Ghana over the last 17 years.

In his speech, Joan Clos emphasised that «affordable housing presents a tremendous challenge worldwide: in both developing and developed world, housing is unaffordable». The other Award winner, the programme of European cooperatives for eco-housing « More than housing » was also recognised and praised during the ceremony

In the afternoon, during an event organised by BSHF, Cécilia Rinaudo presented the AVN programme, stressing that the long-term evolution of appropriate construction practices in Africa is only achievable if it takes on board the challenges faced by the populations concerned: decent housing, 'green' employment, adaptation to and attenuation of climate change, economic independence etc. Christophe Lalande, Head of the Housing Department, emphasised the support of UN-Habitat for AVN's programme as a major solution for access to affordable and sustainable housing for the many.

AVN at the World Economic Forum, Durban, South Africa

At the beginning of May,Thomas Granier, Director General and co-founder of AVN, was invited by the Schwab Foundation to take part in the World Economic Forum on Africa, in Durban. The meeting convened regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to agree priorities that will help Africa achieve inclusive growth through responsive and responsible leadership.

A four-day 'Solutions Summit' was organised alongside the Forum, uniting three networks brought together by the Schwab Foundation: the Young Global Leaders, the Global Shapers and theSchwab Social Entrepreneurs. Thomas Granier and Séri Youlou, as co-founders of AVN, were recognised in this last category in 2012, when AVN won the African Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.

AVN at UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn

Eighteen months after COP21 and the commitment of member states to combat the effects of climate change, delegations from the 196 member countries of the UN Climate Change Convention held discussions in Bonn this monthconcerning implementation of the Paris Agreement. This Agreement aims to commit the international community to act to limit global warming, in particular by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases.

AVN, present at the Bonn Conference as a major player in the adapted housing sector in Africa, ran a stand from May 15th -18th to raise awareness of the impact of the construction sector on greenhouse gas emissions, and to present the example of the Nubian Vault concept as a potential mitigation. The AVN Programme well illustrates the fact that simple and affordable solutions can contribute significantly to limit the effects of climate change, and at the same time improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable populations.

Cecilia Rinaudo, AVN's Deputy Director was also invited by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to contribute to a conference on May 12th on the themes of energy efficiency, green jobs, and low-carbon initiatives, along with three other laureates of the Momentum for ChangeAward.

 

Cecilia Rinaudo with World habitat Award
Cecilia Rinaudo with World habitat Award
AVN seminar at UN-Habitat, Nairobi
AVN seminar at UN-Habitat, Nairobi
UN Climate Change meeting, Bonn, Germany
UN Climate Change meeting, Bonn, Germany
AVN's CEO at World Economic Forum, Durban
AVN's CEO at World Economic Forum, Durban

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