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LEDS GP webinar: Opportunities and challenges for biomass energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Biomass has the potential of becoming an important source of clean energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, in many countries, the extended use of biomass obtained non-sustainably and using inefficient technologies is an indicator of energy poverty, while in others, the abundant residues from forestry and agricultural activities are wasted and become an environmental problem.

As with other renewable energy sources, the full development of the biomass energy potential requires a clear and consistent policy framework.  In this case, however, adequate policymaking goes beyond the energy authorities, as it requires a high degree of coordination and coherence between energy, environment, forestry and agricultural policy makers.

This webinar will provide an overview of the opportunities and challenges for biomass use for energy production in the region. It will feature a case study on the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) from Probiomasa in Argentina as an example of the measures necessary to overcome the barriers to the long-term development the bioenergy sector.

The webinar will be held in Spanish. For more information about the webinar, click here. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat:


Introduction: Ana Maria Majano, Coordinator of the LEDS LAC Secretariat, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE).

The potential of biomass as an energy source and challenges for its sustainable use: Victor Hugo Ventura, Head of the Energy and Natural Resources Unit, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

NAMA proposal of the Program for the Promotion of Energy from Biomass of Argentina (Probiomasa): Federico Moyano, Bioenergy strategies consultant for Probiomasa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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