CEDRO, which stands for Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon, came into being through a $9.
To advance its cause, CEDRO acts on different levels: on the ground, the project equips schools, prisons and even army barracks across the country with solar water heating systems, as well as full-blown photovoltaic units that convert the sun's rays into electricity.
At the same time, CEDRO is lobbying the government to put in place a law that would allow owners of photovoltaic units to feed excess electricity back into the grid.
Obviously, CEDRO cannot equip the whole country with solar power, nor does it want to.
As well as is installing an initial 25 photovoltaic systems on the roofs of small schools in north Lebanon, the Bekaa valley and south Lebanon, CEDRO
has constructed large-scale solar water heaters on an initial four public hospitals.
4 will continue the on-going assistance provided by the UNDP to the Government of Lebanon to develop and implement a national sustainable energy strategy to mitigate climate change, in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Lebanon (2010 2014), and in line with the Millennium Development Goal 7 (MDG 7) of achieving environmental sustainability
2007 Humanitarian Award -- $50,000: Carmen Masias, who founded CEDRO
to combat youth drug abuse and provide social services in Peru, and who personally rescued Peruvian children from drug lords at great personal risk.
Not only has she rescued children from drug lords at great personal risk, but forty percent of CEDRO
program participants are ultimately reunited with their families and an additional forty percent remain with the program until age 18.
is part of a larger UNDP programme to assist in the country s recovery from the 2006 conflict which devastated the livelihoods of thousands of people, disrupted education of school-aged children and destroyed large parts of the south s infrastructure, UNDP said.