The LaGuardia Foundation, a CTI PFAN Member, Recognizes Successful Projects in Africa and Brazil at the World Climate Conference

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South to South Cooperation Rewarded with the "One World Award"

The 'One World' award reflects the mission of our foundation and celebrates the legacy of Mayor and UNRRA Director-General, Fiorello H. LaGuardia

On December 11, 2009 during the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP15-UNFCCC), the Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation will present its "One World Award" to Bakir Lozane of Lozane Farms, Maputo, Mozambique and Jose Roberto Fonseca of Instituto Eco-Engenho, Maceio, Brazil in recognition of their work in clean technology transfer advancing sustainable agriculture. The award will be presented by LaGuardia Foundation board member and Chief Climate Negotiator for Costa Rica, Dr. Alvaro Umaña, and Mr. Elmer Holt, Chairman of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) and Climate Negotiator for the United States, at the Side Event on Technology Transfer organized by Climate Technology Initiative and the International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT) from 18:15 to 19:45, in the Niels Bohr Room.    

The conference is an ideal setting to identify and acknowledge innovative programs that have achieved international cooperation and financing for clean technology to address climate change. Mr. Lozane and Mr. Fonseca have formed a collaboration to transfer clean technology to Mozambique to promote clean energy for high-value agricultural products among smallholders. Mr. Fonseca is a Brazilian entrepreneur responsible for developing H2SOL, a successful solar-powered hydroponic pepper business on small farms in drought-stricken northeast Brazil. The development of the technology in Brazil was supported with a grant from LaGuardia Foundation and its transfer to Mozambique is being supported and promoted by CTI PFAN which is providing advice and support on the development and implementation of the business model. The Mozambican project will be run on a fully commercial and self sustaining basis and is designed to be scaled up over time. The demonstration phase of the project has just been completed in Mozambique.    

This South-to-South collaboration offers a promising model for scaling up sustainable agriculture and providing a pathway to poverty alleviation and social development, while tackling climate change through CO2 reduction.

"The 'One World' award reflects the mission of our foundation and celebrates the legacy of Mayor and UNRRA Director-General, Fiorello H. LaGuardia," Mr. Patrick J. D'Addario, President of the LaGuardia Foundation, announced from New York City. "Bakir and Jose Roberto represent the best of the spirit of this award - using renewable energy inputs to feed the world without concern for geo-political borders. Our foundation is proud to work with such dedicated professionals."

"We are honoured that LaGuardia Foundation, one of the founding members of the CTI PFAN Network, has chosen one of our projects for this important award," said Mr. Elmer Holt in Copenhagen during the award presentation. "This is deserved recognition for a project which represents technology transfer in action and demonstrates the resulting developmental benefits of using low carbon energy to achieve economic uplift. This exemplifies the work of CTI PFAN and we wish Mr. Lozane and Mr. Fonseca continued success with the project."

The LaGuardia "One World" Award, established in 2007 by The Fiorello H. LaGuardia Foundation, acknowledges leaders who represent the ideals and actions of Mayor LaGuardia as a local leader with global impact. The award was first presented in 2008 to Mayors Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and Mayor Letizia Moratti of Milan, Italy to recognize their influence in the improvement of the quality of life and environment in their respective cities.

The Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) is a multilateral public-private partnership that nurtures promising, innovative clean and renewable energy projects by bridging the gap between investors and clean energy entrepreneurs and project developers. CTI PFAN has raised over USD 70 million of private sector investment for clean energy and technology transfer projects and is currently working on a pipeline of over 40 projects with a total investment requirement of ca. USD 1,7 billion.    

LaGuardia Foundation: or Mr. D'Addario at +1 212 570 1064

CTI PFAN: or Mr. Peter Storey at +358 40 867 0684

Press: Daniela Puglielli, Accent PR +1 908 212 7846


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