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Sustainable livelihoods - women & construction - natural building materials for a low carbon future

Started by: Joce


I am researching on the use of natural building materials in Africa, Southern Africa in particular for the construction industry. 

Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:

i am looking to identify skills needed green infrastructure development in order to encourage training in natural building techniques and create employment among women & youth as well as choosing building materials that are not harmful to our planet and people. 

Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:

traditional building materials account to almost 40% of green house gas emissions.  choosing sustainable natural building materials will reduce GHG emissions. 

What is needed to overcome barriers to implement solutions:

understanding the importance of building sustainable low environmental - impact homes.  Education and training on climate change, environmental impact and new job opportunities. 


Specific needs and/or support requests:

Education and training on climate change, environmental impact and new job opportunities. 


Suggested best local solution for this topic:

investing in researching new building materials and techniques for better housing, flood resistant, comfortable, mosquito protected dwellings

Networking opportunities:

yes, technology transfer exchange opportunities in triangular cooperation contexts. 


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