“Collective efforts by everyone is needed to tackle climate change”
For her Master’s thesis, Sylvia had the opportunity to study a local forest-based climate change mitigation project. After obtaining her degree, she worked as a conservation officer for the Blue Forest project of Blue Ventures, a marine NGO working in Toliara, Madagascar, where she worked with fishing communities to put in place mangrove REDD+ ,and payment for ecosystem services projects. In this capacity, Sylvia had the chance to work with local women. She taught them about climate change and mangroves’ carbon measurement. She enjoyed sharing and applying what she had learned in Indonesia.
Sylvia spent a year as an International Climate Protection Fellow at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin. During this program she mentions how she has learned a lot about coastal climate change adaptation, and climate change mitigation through the use of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, she had the chance to participate in a short time course at the Renewable Academy on Grid connected and off grid photovoltaics. The course was an eye-opening experience for her and inspired her passion for renewable energy.
Sylvia is currently working as the manager of the Jiro Solaire Project, a project of the NGO Grassroots Climate and Livelihood Actions which she founded after her course in Berlin. The goal of this project is to combat energy poverty, empower women and contribute to reducing carbon emission while fighting climate change. Sylvia plans to scale it independently as a social business to avoid dependence on donor funding.