Past editions Among the basic needs of humanity - food, clothing and shelter - our work embraces shelter. EcoSouth addresses the great housing deficit in southern countries. http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003 2018-07-22T18:28:08+00:00 EcoSur: Concrete Roof Tiles, puzolanic cement, earth houses, ecomaterials paulcoyote@gmail.com Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Supereconomic houses: an affordable solution for working people 2005-01-06T15:34:47+00:00 2005-01-06T15:34:47+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003/176-supereconomic-houses-an-affordable-solution-for-working-people Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <DIV align=right>Martín Meléndez&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV> <P>When building a house, engineers and architects are usually worried about location, materials to be used, cost, and recently, about the damage that we could cause to our planet as well. <BR><BR>When a family undertakes the construction of its own house, it builds it in a natural manner and according to its possibilities. It is not unusual to see blocks, adobes or tiles kept in the yard for long periods of time, to be used later in a process that usually lasts years before the house is finished. </P> <DIV align=right>Martín Meléndez&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV> <P>When building a house, engineers and architects are usually worried about location, materials to be used, cost, and recently, about the damage that we could cause to our planet as well. <BR><BR>When a family undertakes the construction of its own house, it builds it in a natural manner and according to its possibilities. It is not unusual to see blocks, adobes or tiles kept in the yard for long periods of time, to be used later in a process that usually lasts years before the house is finished. </P> Gastronomical and Cultural Encounter of the “Cuy” in Riobamba 2005-01-06T15:36:00+00:00 2005-01-06T15:36:00+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003/177-gastronomical-and-cultural-encounter-of-the-cuy-in-riobamba Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p> The Cuy (Cavia porcellus), known in the English-speaking world as the Andean rabbit or guinea pig, has been a traditional Andean foodstuff since pre-Inca times. Not only has it been a foodstuff of the people of the Andes, but also it is a medicine, friend, gift and symbol of reciprocity. </p> <p> The Cuy (Cavia porcellus), known in the English-speaking world as the Andean rabbit or guinea pig, has been a traditional Andean foodstuff since pre-Inca times. Not only has it been a foodstuff of the people of the Andes, but also it is a medicine, friend, gift and symbol of reciprocity. </p> Building upwards – concrete ceiling slabs 2005-01-06T15:37:07+00:00 2005-01-06T15:37:07+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003/178-building-upwards-concrete-ceiling-slabs Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <DIV align=right>Kurt Rhyner&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV> <P>It is a well-known fact that the large cities in most developing countries are spreading at a dangerous rate. Formerly rural areas are being developed or simply invaded, and the urban sprawl limits the possibility of its inhabitants for natural recreation activities. It also creates incredible costs for the urban society. The services that eventually have to be provided (roads, water, sewage, electricity, security) are much more costly in a horizontal growth pattern than in a vertical one. Over the centuries most towns have grown vertically as much as horizontally, and it is only in recent decades that many societies have adopted the “North American Style” of ever growing suburbia and of relinquishing the inner cities to business and low level / low cost apartments. </P> <DIV align=right>Kurt Rhyner&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </DIV> <P>It is a well-known fact that the large cities in most developing countries are spreading at a dangerous rate. Formerly rural areas are being developed or simply invaded, and the urban sprawl limits the possibility of its inhabitants for natural recreation activities. It also creates incredible costs for the urban society. The services that eventually have to be provided (roads, water, sewage, electricity, security) are much more costly in a horizontal growth pattern than in a vertical one. Over the centuries most towns have grown vertically as much as horizontally, and it is only in recent decades that many societies have adopted the “North American Style” of ever growing suburbia and of relinquishing the inner cities to business and low level / low cost apartments. </P> First ecomaterials workshop in Panama in full production 2005-01-06T15:38:11+00:00 2005-01-06T15:38:11+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003/179-first-ecomaterials-workshop-in-panama-in-full-production Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <P>The first ecomaterials workshop in Panama, “FAMATECO”, is in full production in Santiago de Veraguas, after a visit from EcoSouth expert Benigno Dávila from Nicaraguan partner Grupo Sofonias. Benigno worked together with FAMATECO proprietor José Manuel Pérez, and over a two-week period they were able to place their knowledge in the hands of all the workshop members. </P> <P>The first ecomaterials workshop in Panama, “FAMATECO”, is in full production in Santiago de Veraguas, after a visit from EcoSouth expert Benigno Dávila from Nicaraguan partner Grupo Sofonias. Benigno worked together with FAMATECO proprietor José Manuel Pérez, and over a two-week period they were able to place their knowledge in the hands of all the workshop members. </P> Sustainable management of natural resources in Nicaragua 2005-01-06T15:39:06+00:00 2005-01-06T15:39:06+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003/180-sustainable-management-of-natural-resources-in-nicaragua Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <P>A project dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources and socio-economic development in the rural area of Carazo got off to a good start on April 5, with an encounter of key players from the various communities. The project financed through POSAF/BID/FND/MARENA benefits 164 small and medikum rural producers from 13 communities of Jinotepe and La Conquista.</P> <P>A project dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources and socio-economic development in the rural area of Carazo got off to a good start on April 5, with an encounter of key players from the various communities. The project financed through POSAF/BID/FND/MARENA benefits 164 small and medikum rural producers from 13 communities of Jinotepe and La Conquista.</P> News - May 2003 2005-01-06T15:40:32+00:00 2005-01-06T15:40:32+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/50-may-2003/181-news-may-2003 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <P name="1"><SPAN class=articulos>Las Melidas publishes calendar</SPAN><BR>As part of their marketing strategy for MCR tiles, the women´s organization “Las Melidas” in El Salvador, has published a calendar for 2003. Not only does it have a photo montage of MCR production and roofs, it also has the names and addresses of the seven MCR workshops throughout the country. Congratulations go out to these dynamic MCR workshops.</P> <DIV align=center><IMG class=graficos height=266 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/melidas_001.jpg" width=400> <BR></DIV> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica><BR>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV> <HR width="50%" SIZE=5> <P><A id=2 name=2></A><SPAN class=articulos>CHP construction goes ahead in Otjiwarongo</SPAN><BR>An EU evaluation of projects in Namibia included the CHP/SODI project in Otjiwarongo. As the evaluator expressed pleasure at what she saw, a positive outcome of the evaluation is likely. Not even the Easter weekend could stop the enthusiasm of the builders who were working full time and during those days erected the walls of seven houses. At the moment, transport of bricks is the main problem because of the incredible speed of the builders. </P> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><IMG class=graficos height=200 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/chp_women.jpg" width=260> <BR></DIV> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV> <HR width="50%" SIZE=5> </DIV> <P><IMG class=graficos height=273 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/israel_horno.jpg" width=150 align=right><A id=3 name=3></A><SPAN class=articulos>Producing bricks with sawdust briquettes</SPAN><BR>In a village in the Municipality of Fomento in Cuba the first brick factory that uses briquettes of biomass and clay, developed by CIDEM, is producing bricks. When the brickmaker saw how to produce these briquettes, he immediately began his own experimental production which he tested in a burning. “It comes out cheaper to buy firewood, but aboveall I do not have to go and look for it nor ask anyone for persmission,” said the ingenious producer. He explained that now a neighbor produces the briquettes and he buys them delivered to his brick factory.</P> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV> <HR width="50%" SIZE=5> </DIV> <P><A id=4 name=4></A><IMG class=graficos height=215 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/bindura_001.jpg" width=150 align=right><SPAN class=articulos>Youth MCR workshop in Zimbabwe</SPAN><BR>A core group of youth educated in the 2002 MCR technology transfer program has formed Kiclah Investments (Private) Limited. The quality of their tiles is excellent, passing 85kg in the bending strength test and many even passing 100kg. Not only has the Kiclah group picked up the technical aspects well, they have also absorbed many management principles in a complementary training program. We wish this entrepreneurial group well in the future.<BR></P> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV> <P name="1"><SPAN class=articulos>Las Melidas publishes calendar</SPAN><BR>As part of their marketing strategy for MCR tiles, the women´s organization “Las Melidas” in El Salvador, has published a calendar for 2003. Not only does it have a photo montage of MCR production and roofs, it also has the names and addresses of the seven MCR workshops throughout the country. Congratulations go out to these dynamic MCR workshops.</P> <DIV align=center><IMG class=graficos height=266 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/melidas_001.jpg" width=400> <BR></DIV> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica><BR>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV> <HR width="50%" SIZE=5> <P><A id=2 name=2></A><SPAN class=articulos>CHP construction goes ahead in Otjiwarongo</SPAN><BR>An EU evaluation of projects in Namibia included the CHP/SODI project in Otjiwarongo. As the evaluator expressed pleasure at what she saw, a positive outcome of the evaluation is likely. Not even the Easter weekend could stop the enthusiasm of the builders who were working full time and during those days erected the walls of seven houses. At the moment, transport of bricks is the main problem because of the incredible speed of the builders. </P> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><IMG class=graficos height=200 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/chp_women.jpg" width=260> <BR></DIV> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV> <HR width="50%" SIZE=5> </DIV> <P><IMG class=graficos height=273 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/israel_horno.jpg" width=150 align=right><A id=3 name=3></A><SPAN class=articulos>Producing bricks with sawdust briquettes</SPAN><BR>In a village in the Municipality of Fomento in Cuba the first brick factory that uses briquettes of biomass and clay, developed by CIDEM, is producing bricks. When the brickmaker saw how to produce these briquettes, he immediately began his own experimental production which he tested in a burning. “It comes out cheaper to buy firewood, but aboveall I do not have to go and look for it nor ask anyone for persmission,” said the ingenious producer. He explained that now a neighbor produces the briquettes and he buys them delivered to his brick factory.</P> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV> <HR width="50%" SIZE=5> </DIV> <P><A id=4 name=4></A><IMG class=graficos height=215 src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/may2003/bindura_001.jpg" width=150 align=right><SPAN class=articulos>Youth MCR workshop in Zimbabwe</SPAN><BR>A core group of youth educated in the 2002 MCR technology transfer program has formed Kiclah Investments (Private) Limited. The quality of their tiles is excellent, passing 85kg in the bending strength test and many even passing 100kg. Not only has the Kiclah group picked up the technical aspects well, they have also absorbed many management principles in a complementary training program. We wish this entrepreneurial group well in the future.<BR></P> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center> <DIV align=center><SPAN class=chica>[ <A href="http://www.ecosur.org/eng/may2003/noticias.php#top">top</A> - <A href="http://english.ecosur.org/javascript:history.back()">back</A> ]</SPAN></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>