Biocomp-Suisse is an association whose goal is to promote development of practices, both in agricultural domain and in energy production (via agricultural and/or forestry residual valorisation), in line with sustainable development and social responsibility concept.
By its activities, Biocomp-Suisse wishes to practice principles of industrial ecology.
Association main activities are:
- To collect funds to finance the development of projects who answer to the criteria above mentioned;
- To promote knowledge and know-how transfer;
- To create a net between experts and organisations.
Projects selected by the association must comply with the three development criteria, economic (increase population welfare), environmental (wildlife protection, biodiversity respect, etc) and social (human right respect).
By its actions, Biocomp-Suisse wishes to contribute, however modestly, to “UN millennium development goals”.
Project supported by the association:
Biocomp-Nepal is a socially and environmentally responsible private company, developed in cooperation with non-profit foundation myclimate. The main objective of this activity is to process organic waste into compost, reducing methane emissions otherwise caused in traditional landfills (methane recovery).
Biocomp-Nepal aims to become an example and a key contributor of the ’green economy’.
Biocomp-Nepal stands for:
- Creating value instead of waste and reduce green house gas emissions
- Providing long term jobs to the poor and excluded in a market economy
- Helping farmers to produce organic and high quality vegetables and fruits
The main objectives are:
- Collect and treat 50 tons of municipal organic waste per day
- Produce high quality organic compost
- Reduce emissions of green house gas by 25’000 tons in 10 years
- Hire and train more than 50 people
- Move farmers to organic agriculture by providing training and high quality organic fertilizer
- Create a long term sustainable (profitable) business
Biocomp-Nepal has been created through a partnership between European and Nepalese people. The common objective is to create a sustainable and profitable business in the Kathmandu valley.
The goal of the company is to produce high quality compost (probably eco-certified), out of a local abundant resource: organic waste from vegetable markets, restaurants and hotels based in Kathmandu and its region. The video below provides a quick insight into how Biocomp-Nepal fits into the equation:
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As the video shows, this project is based on a “win-win” idea, aiming to improve the quality of life of the farmers but also of the urban population. It proposes a solution for the management and upgrading of the urban organic waste while developing agribusiness in the Kathmandu region and allowing farmers to produce with an added value.
How does it benefit Kathmandu Valley?
The compost produced will be used by the farming community as well as urban households and nurseries. The biggest advantage of the compost is that it guarantees long term culture productivity by assuring soil fertility. The organic compost is a key enabler, in line with efforts already under-way, to help farmers convert to biological farming practises and developing peri-urban agriculture in and around Kathmandu. This should enable farmers to create a higher income by selling high quality products.
More than just producing compost, Biocomp-Nepal proposes capacity building by training and demonstration sessions for the farmers as well as establish itself as a mobilization centre for knowledge and technology for local entrepreneurs.
Biocomp Nepal acts according to 3 principles of sustainable development, economical, ecological and social responsibility.
Economical: Biocomp will generate value from waste, and improve the farmer’s profits. The materials used for building and running the plant are bought locally, and the products is sold to farmers in Kathmandu valley. Biocomp contributes so to increase the local economy and it is well integrated with local community, where workers comes from.
Social: Biocomp provides good and safe working conditions and improves sanitary conditions in Kathmandu removing waste from streets.
Environmental: collecting waste Biocomp prevents anaerobic degradation which leads to methane emissions and prevents organic pollution of rivers and streets. Furthermore, with its activity Biocomp demonstrates recycling is sustainable and contributes to develop recycling culture in Nepal.