Center for Biomass Energy & Climate Change
March 2013 has led TWP to a momentus new milestone in Nicaragua and our long-standing reforestation programs in the country. This month will see us finally breaking ground, with partner organization Proleña, on our long-awaited Biomass Energy and Climate Change Center (CENADEC) in La Paz Centro, Nicaragua, one hour southeast of Managua.
CENADEC will be a venue for regional and international students, practitioners and rural communities to learn about efficient and clean renewable energy technologies, as well as adaptation strategies to lessen the impacts of climate change. Our goal is to create a reference center for the region from which technologies and approaches to low-carbon development can be developed, taught and deployed.
The first building we will construct is our ceramics research facility, equipped with proven fuel-efficient kilns to produce specialty pieces for fuel efficient cookstove combustion chambers manufactured in the region. Concurrently, we will add diverse agro-forestry demonstration plots to test income diversification strategies for rural agricultural communities that can no longer depend on regular rainfall, predictable seed and fertilizer prices, or market prices for traditional crops.
The launch of this center will demand much of our focus in Nicaragua over the coming months, and while we will maintain nursery production of over 120,000 trees per year in the country, we will be closing our "10,000 Trees for Nicaragua" campaign to focus on a successful launch. We thank you for supporting this project until now, and we encourage you to follow the development of CENADEC as it transforms climate change education and adaptation in the region over the coming years.