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Ecotechnology

 During Ecotechnics '95 - International Symposium on Ecological Engineering in ÖstersundSweden, the participants agreed on the definition: ”Ecotechnics is defined as the method of designing future societies within ecological frames.”

Comprehensive EcoCulture Projects proposed for the Santo Tomas Farms
Fig. 01. Comprehensive EcoCulture Projects proposed for the Santo Tomas Farms. In our EcoCulture studies, we integrate the unique terrains, climate, local flora and fauna, and other ecosytems features and resources unique to the site in designing our EcoCulture projects.  

The presence of the Mallig Creek in the local ecosystem (Fig. 01) allows supplementation of rainwater sequestered during the rainy season to provide sufficient water during the dry season and especially during El Nino. The sequestered rainwater is optimized by an extensive local canal system (see blue lines) that rainwater collection source to include rainwater collected within the farm and from adjacent higher elevation areas. The ponds (P-01 to P-03, R-01 to R03) were strategically placed also at various elevation to permit localized water sequestration as well as tap gravity force to supply water to various areas at various levels. Vetiver serves as organic dams to mitigate flash flood effects during heavy rains, and also allow transient and in place sequestration of rainwater. There are more EcoTechniques infrastructures and eco-friendly innovations. schematically represented in the Projects map shown in Fig. 01. [visit other articles in this site for more detailed presentation of each of the EcoCulture projects.]

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Ecotechnology is an applied science that seeks to fulfill human needs while causing minimal ecological disrupution, by harnessing and manipulating natural forces to leverage their beneficial effects. Ecotechnology integrates two fields of study: the 'ecology of technics' and the 'technics of ecology,' requiring an understanding of the structures and processes of ecosystems and societies. All sustainable engineering that can reduce damage to ecosystems, adopt ecology as a fundamental basis, and ensure conservation of biodiversity and sustainable development may be considered as forms of ecotechnology.

Ecotechnology emphasizes approaching a problem from a holistic point of view. For example, remediation of rivers should not only consider one single area. Rather, the whole catchment area, which includes the upstream, middle stream and downstream sections, should be considered.

Construction can reduce its impact on nature by consulting experts on the environment.

 

Sustainable development requires the implementation of environmentally friendly technologies which are both efficient and adapted to local conditions. Ecotechnology allows improvement in economic performance while minimizing harm to the environment by:

  • increasing the efficiency in the selection and use of materials and energy sources,
  • control of impacts on ecosystems,
  • development and permanent improvement of cleaner processes and products,
  • eco-marketing,
  • introducing environmental management systems in the production and services sectors, and
  • development of activities for increasing awareness of the need for environmental protection and promotion of sustainable development by the general public.

During Ecotechnics '95 - International Symposium on Ecological Engineering in ÖstersundSweden, the participants agreed on the definition: ”Ecotechnics is defined as the method of designing future societies within ecological frames.”

 Schematic Map of Farms 01 to 03 in Cadu, Ilagan.
Fig. 02. Schematic Map of Farms 01 to 03 in Cadu, Ilagan. The absence of a relatively nearby surface water source, the relatively low and gentle rolling hills and minimal permanent vegetation in the Cadu Farms (shown Fig. 02) contrast with that of the Santo Tomas, Naguilian Farms. Thus, while similar EcoCulture and Techniques will be applied in the Cadu farms, their actual placement and distributions  would be quite different from that of the Santo Tomas farms (Fig. 01).

 

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Further Reading:

  • Allenby, B.R., and D.J. Richards (1994), The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems. National Academy Press, Washington, DC.
  • Braungart, M., and W. McDonough (2002). Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. North Point Press, ISBN 0865475873.
  • Huesemann, Michael H., and Joyce A. Huesemann (2011). Technofix: Why Technology Won’t Save Us or the Environment, Chapter 13, “The Design of Environmentally Sustainable and Appropriate Technologies”, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, ISBN 0865717044, 464 pp.
  • Von Weizsacker, E.U., C. Hargroves, M.H. Smith, C. Desha, and P. Stasinopoulos (2009). Factor Five: Transforming the Global Economy through 80% Improvements in Resource Productivity, Routledge.

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Wikipedia
Ecotechnology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecotechnology