Research projects 2
Phase I of this project was to understand the business models, governance structures and public perceptions of the the informal and paratransit sectors of public transport in three case study cities: Cape Town, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Phase II, still unfunded, is to provide some low cost solutions or partial solutions to deficiencies identified in Phase I.
Marianne Vanderschuren, U of Cape Town, Romano Del Mistro, U of Cape Town, Dorothy McCormack, U of Nairobi, David Mfinanga, U of Dar Es Salaam, Eric Bruun, Aalto University
In terms of social wellbeing and economic activity, Lao PDR is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. Yet it is rich in terms of natural resources and holds a huge potential in renewable energy sector. FREPLA project incorporates resource development view point into a single research and development (R&D) set-up. The project aimed at identifying interlinkages, barriers, trade-offs and synergies in using the full potential of rural energy resources and applying holistic water management in national strategic planning. The key message of the project was that it is necessary to assure that the Mekong and its ecosystem services (including national and regional agri- and aquaculture) are not excessively distrubed by hydropower or any other natural resource projects, such as mining.
Jari Kaivo-Oja (FFRC), Sari Jusi (FFRC), Jyrki Luukkanen (FFRC), Khamso Kouphokham (MEM)