Environment, Urbanisation & Sustainability

Supported Initiatives

DR BEN MILLIGAN

UNSW hosted the Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting, the first annual meeting of the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership (GOAP) which will be hosted by UNSW from 2020 onwards. This important gathering was co-hosted by UNSW and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) with support from the World Bank Blue Economy Program & the UNSW Institute for Global Development. Read more here.

DR RICHARD CORKISH


Together with Vanuatu’s government and community, the University of the South Pacific and the Rotary Club, Richard and his team are installing solar-powered lighting and phone charging facilities in 14 rural health extension service and aid posts, updating renewable energy services in three schools, working on a mini-grid to provide energy security to Imaki village, and providing locals with a solar power user guide in Bislama and English.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IAIN MACGILL, DR ANNA BRUCE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ATUL RATURI (THE UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC)

In collaboration with colleagues at the University of the South Pacific, Anna and Iain jointly run student courses and oversee research projects that focus on providing more accessible, affordable and reliable energy solutions for remote communities in the South Pacific. Anna and Iain are currently investigating projects where UNSW and USP students can collaborate to design sustainable energy solutions for communities in Fiji.

PROFESSOR KLAUS REGENAUER-LIEB

Klaus and his team are using natural geothermal heat in Fiji to provide electricity for food refrigeration, a morgue and a local fish farm for 5,000 nearby residents, minimising disease transfer and improving nutrition. Over 40 hot springs have been sampled, with proven reserves for electricity and even a therapeutics industry. In 2019, the team endeavours to broaden the footprint of harvesting geothermal power from Fiji and Vanuatu’s volcanoes.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ANNE BARTLETT, DR SARAH WALKER

Through a survey in 2017, Anne, her team and UNSW students identified deforestation as the major cause of land conflict in northern Uganda. They have since developed a number of related activities, including a remote sensing project to estimate the amount of forest loss, a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) project, energy efficient charcoal kilns and the use of high yield beehives to deter elephant-human conflict.

SHANIL SAMARAKOON

Shanil is working to improve solar literacy in Malawi.  In response to a critical need for user-friendly and engaging consumer-focused educational initiatives, Shanil and collaborators are working to develop and promote consumer education resources on off-grid solar household systems (SHS) through the Malawi Solar Trade Association.  Drawing upon the work of UNSW’s Dr Richard Corkish & Belinda Lam (2019) as well as input from the Solar Trade Association (registered) and Dr Zalengera of Mzuzu University (Energy Department), the team are developing a manual in Chichewa and Tumbukka featuring a simple explanation of solar components, a buying guide, information on installation, safety, maintenance, and consumer support, as well as a skit-based summary video, among other resources.

PROFESSOR ANNE BARTLETT & DR PAUL MUNRO

Kitchen gardens are an important livelihood strategy for women in the Rift Valley, Kenya but electricity supply is often disrupted. To ensure women can use their kitchen gardens, Anne and Paul are working with local women and engineers to implement solar energy to power kitchen gardens. Improving electricity supply allows women to grow fresh vegetables on their land with the proceeds being shared collectively amongst the women to support neighbours living with disability.

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