VEGA members promote sustainable use and management of natural resources to support the needs of growing populations and the health of the planet.

669B7FE7VEGA member activities in this area encompass a broad range of programs and services, including: Clean Energy; Ecosystem Services; Forestry & Natural Resource Management; and Climate Change Adaptation.

VEGA member work in climate change adaptation and mitigation has included helping to reduce a community’s sensitivity to climate change by promoting climate-smart agriculture; disseminating technologies and techniques to address climate change and strengthen natural resource management; and measuring and planning around a community’s exposure to climate change, including GIS services for planning and resource mapping. We provide tools and data to ensure programs will withstand changes in climate. Member work includes greenhouse gas accounting, climate policy, remote sensing and GIS, and reduction in deforestation and degradation (REDD), development of climate change mitigation standards and methodologies, estimating GHG emissions and worldwide carbon stocks, conducting carbon supply assessments, developing field carbon measurement methods, managing climate change mitigation projects, and providing technical assistance, service delivery, and capacity building in multiple WASH sector areas, including sanitation and hygiene, behavior change, water supply infrastructure and technologies, community and local government participation, and public-private partnerships.

VEGA members have provided program management and capacity building for low emission development strategies in clean energy and energy efficiency at both the municipal and national levels, bringing to scale innovative clean energy solutions for agricultural applications by promoting  geothermal direct use applications, and micro- and small-community systems (biogas, biomass- thermal, solar, wind, and hydro), mini-grid systems, improved cookstoves. Work includes industry assessments and pre-feasibility studies, examining the potential to use direct use geothermal power for a wide variety of industries such as food drying, canneries, tea processing, dairy processing, meat processing, greenhouses, aquaculture, nut processing, soda ash drying, cement processing, hides & tanning, refrigeration, and laundromats, and the potential to use geothermal for on-site well-head power generation;

Finally, work around the financial, policy, legal and regulatory needs in this area has included providing TA to both financial institutions and prospective borrowers to increase lending to underserved sectors, including alternative energy, and teaching financial institutions how to launch a clean energy lending line of business, helping to resolve legal and regulatory reform to support renewable energy and energy efficiency, technology and market assessments and feasibility studies, policy development and analysis.