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Participants of an international workshop on domestic biogas, organised by SNV in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank and Hivos/Indonesia Domestic Biogas Programme, in Bandung, Indonesia, discussed the possible transformation of national biogas programmes in Asia towards a commercial biogas sector. The 68 participants from 18 countries represented government institutions, private and civil society organisations, knowledge centres, development agencies, multilateral banks and international donors.
The key questions of the workshop were:
How to further commercialise the national programmes?
How to increase local ownership, investments by farmers and financial contributions by national and local governments?
Which resources need to be mobilised up to 2016?
How feasible is the proposed regional structured debt fund?
What are the opportunities to establish a regional basket fund vis-à-vis bilateral funding?
The workshop provided a dedicated forum for in-depth discussion on the possible transformation of national biogas programmes towards commercial biogas sectors and on the feasibility of the proposed Asian Rural Biogas Facility. The Facility which will consist of two separate funds: a regional structured debt fund initiated by the German Development Bank (KfW) and the ADB and a regional basket grant fund to further develop biogas markets in both existing and new biogas countries.
The report hosts information on the plenary and parallel session, which focused on different topics and functions in national biogas programmes. Lessons learned were discussed, as well as main constraints and recommendations. A list of participants and the workshop agenda are included.