Its been seven years already since I came across my first technology transfer project on climate change mitigation. Anaerobic biodigesters at that time, was seen as a major force in methane capture and waste to energy as part of the Clean Development Mechanism or CDM. The Philippines was seen as having a very large potential due to the widespread practice of microscale pig farmers which is embedded in our Filipino culture. Also, the concept and projects have taken off in Thailand and had been earning enough from emission trading schemes.
So what happened after seven years? Not much really but of course there was the camaraderie developed among the trainers and project implementers. Though the funding from the US EPA has somewhat died down.
When a technology is transferred, how do you sustain it? How do you localize it, how do you make it a point everyone will work on it with a common goal in mind?