03 April 2017 - 06 April 2017
Agadir, Tata Province, Morocco

Applying the Austrian energy template to the Middle East and North Africa

Scientists meet with local stakeholders to discuss the transferability of regional energy models in Austria to the MENA region.

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In cooperation with the Austrian Institute for International Politics (OIIP) and the Moroccan scientific organization MENA Rewables and Sustainability, Risk and Resilience researcher Nadejda Komendantova has organized a series of focus group discussions with local and regional authorities from the Tata province in order to explore the transferability of regional energy development models and patterns of technology transfer. Participants include Mr. Brahim Hafidi, President of the economic region Sous-Moussa, local and regional government representatives and delegates from national energy and transmission companies in Morocco.

The core purpose of the event is to identify conflicting views, risk perceptions and visions of different governance models for energy transition, with the objective of increasing the deployment of renewable energy in the region. The governance models differ in terms of the centralization of decision-making processes and the potential for participatory governance, which puts an emphasis on the democratic engagement of local inhabitants.

The meetings are taking place in frame of the Linking Climate Change Mitigation, Energy Security and Regional Development in Climate and Energy Model Regions in Austria (LINKS) project. 

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Nadejda Komendantova-Amann

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Risk and Resilience

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Impacts World 2017

11 Oct 2017 - 13 Oct 2017


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