Of cement, chocolate & rum
Although many trendy bars now serve chocolate mojitos, a Swiss and Cuban mix is not obvious. Yet, when it comes to cement, Swiss, Cuban and Indian scientists have tackled one of the world’s lesser known but biggest challenges. As countries develop, demand for housing and infrastructure increases. Concrete is by far the most commonly used construction material to meet these needs, and cement is required to make concrete.
Post-disaster resilence and recovery
Some months ago we reported on a seminar in Guatemala, where the local Caritas had invited EcoSur specialists to pass their knowlege on to a group of young professionals who were interested in this ancient technology. Meanwhile the organizers can show real practical results, houses have been built, a promotional video is being circulated, a lobby group for adobe has been organized and a manual for self-builders produced.
You can downoad the "Manual para la construcción de viviendas con adobe" (Spanish only, PDF, 10 Mb)
A trip to the 19th Century in Ecuador
In the small rural community of Chingazo, Ecuador, most of the people are small farmers of very low income. Many of them live in traditional huts or half-finished houses that offer no or little protection from the cold of the Andean highlands and against the ash spewed from Tungurahua volcano, Because of their socio-economic status, these families can not improve their situation on their own.
Reconstruction in Nepal: a school in the mountains
It is nine months since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, and there are still very few reconstruction projects underway. But in Bhorle, in the Langtang district, EcoSur consultant Ramon Gonzalez from Nicaragua has managed to start the rebuilding of a school.
When the flow of oil stopped: the Cuban experience
For Cuba, the flow of oil stopped suddenly with the collapse of the Soviet Union. While it will be for different reasons and from different causes, the end of the supply of oil is on the horizon. Countries could prepare for the future... if they want to.
The crisis hit all sectors of society. The oil dependent industrial model established during 1959-1990 collapsed with more than 50% cut of the oil supply. The government, however, chose to maintain all social achievements, especially in the areas of education, social security and health.
Lowering the carbon footprint of the EcoSur Network
Every year, the consultant's from the EcoSur Network travel around the world giving technology exchange and assessment. These trips, mostly by air, raise the personal carbon footprint. To compensate for the emission of the greenhouse gases produced by this activity, 12 years ago, a reforestation program was implemented in Nicaragua. This programa, to the date, has over 22,000 trees planted.