Environment

construction of a biodigester

SOS Faim NGO - Burkina Faso

 

SOS Faim acts as an incubator for sustainable agricultural projects, promoting an agroecological transition and strengthening the economic and food autonomy of the rural world. Together with partners, SOS Faim builds a more sustainable future globally where people participate in a healthy and virtuous food system.

With the support of SENSE Foundation Brussels, SOS Faim enables the energy and ecological autonomy of rural families in Burkina Faso, thanks to the construction of nearly 200 biodigesters, technical devices using the natural fermentation process to transform animal excrements or other organic residues into biogas. This biogas replaces wood for cooking and can also be used for lighting. The collected compost is used as natural fertilizer, with a double benefit: it’s free and allows for better crop yields.

a woman shows the trees

Autre Terre NGO - Burkina Faso

 

The NGO Autre Terre contributes at improving the quality of life of disadvantaged populations all over the world, through the development of social and solidarity economy initiatives in the areas of agroecology and waste management.

SENSE Foundation Brussels provides a grant to a project led by Autre Terre and its local partner, Le Baobab, enabling 4,000 vulnerable producers in Burkina Faso to fight climate change through the creation and protection of natural areas, restoration of degraded land and technical training.

a diver lights up a wreck

©Michał Czermiński

The MARE Foundation NGO - Baltic Sea

 

The MARE Foundation protects marine ecosystems through social and political changes, promotes sustainable exploitation of the coastal and marine resources and raises public awareness on environmental matters. It carries out projects on sustainable fisheries, wreck management, and marine litter as well as other topics related to marine environment, education and raising society's environmental awareness. 

With SENSE Foundation Brussels’ support, the MARE Foundation is working to reduce the possibility of ecological disaster in the Gdansk Bay through the preparation of an environmentally safe oil recovery plan for the Franken shipwreck. The Franken, which may still contain up to 1.5 million litters oil, is considered to pose the biggest ecological threat in the region and was thus chosen as a model case for the pilot project.

a person holds mushrooms in hand

PermaFungi SCRL à finalité sociale - Belgium

 

PermaFungi is a pioneer project of underground urban agriculture and circular economy founded in Brussels in 2014. This social cooperative recycles coffee grounds waste into different up-cycled products: oyster mushrooms, innovative organic material and compost.

PermaFungi’s global mission is to make our cities more resilient while creating meaningful jobs for low skilled people, promoting local economy and becoming independent from fossil energy sources.

SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant enables Permafungi to improve its production rooms’ layout to ensure financial autonomy. With an increased production capacity, Permafungi’s will demonstrate that Brussels’ model is sustainable, without compromising on social or environmental impact, while operating on a participatory governance model.

people work in the vegetable garden

Centre d'écologie Urbaine - Belgium

 

The Urban Ecology Centre aims to increase Brussels’ resilience by boosting its social innovations, setting up and facilitating complex partnerships with a diversity of stakeholders through numerous transformative projects in Brussels: soil decontamination, circularisation of urban green waste, participatory fruit tree planting. The Urban Ecology Centre is also active in the field of continuing education through debates, radio broadcasts, guided botanical walks, etc.

SENSE Foundation Brussels provides funds to the Citizen Nursery (Pépinière Citoyenne), a participatory project aiming to (re)connect Brussels inhabitants with fruit trees. This project associates massive fruit trees’ planting in Brussels with training to manage fruit trees and shrubs.

a salad is weighed

La ferme de Froidmont Insertion ASBL - Belgium

 

A non-profit social economy enterprise, la Ferme de Froidmont Insertion takes up the challenges of training and work, environmental protection and energy-efficient housing. They train around 30 adults per year to become kitchen or room assistants or organic market gardeners. The training and production areas will be increased to better prepare a dozen market gardeners, in order to feed the food belts. The sale of production in the extra-short circuit will self-finance the training sector in the long term.

 

The support of SENSE Foundation Brussels would allow the installation of the third greenhouse and its irrigation, making it possible to cultivate and train there from February to December.

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