News - October 2003

Bicycle race in Jinotepe
Hundreds of spectators lined the route to watch the First Closed Circuit Bicycle Race in Jinotepe, Nicaragua on September 21. The race is part of a program of Pedals for Progress and EcoTec to bring bicycles to the people, and under the auspices of the Nicaraguan National Cycling Federation. 127 participants covered a distance of 1.4km and were divided into the four categories of children, youth, mountain bikes and racing bikes.

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CD about urban waste management
EcoSouth has edited and published a CD that draws together experiences of five country teams within an ITDG project. “Urban Waste Management for Small Scale Energy Production” documents low-value urban management in Cuba, Kenya, Senegal, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The CD is available through CIDEM and ITDG.

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Prize to Nigerian CP40 blocks
At a construction materials exhibition in Abuja, Nigeria, where many local producers presented their blocks and bricks, the engineering association awarded first prize for best quality blocks to EcoMat Limited. EcoSouth experts initiated this CP40 workshop for the Saint Paul Mission this year.

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EcoMateriales: Teja de MicroConcreto y Paneles de FerroCemento

The EcoSur network presents a short professional video on two major technologies, the Ferrocement panels and the Micro Concrete Roofing Tiles. Filmed in Nicaragua and Salvador, it shows production and application and gives a summary overview of those two materials that have a relatively small ecological footprint and have widely proven to be sustainable in the three classical dimensions ecology, economy and social acceptance.

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