Edition 24 - February 2007

Three organizations, different but united

Tres organizaciones en simbiosisThe associates of the EcoSur network have very complex structures, but these structures fit very well among them.

In Nicaragua, the local partner has evolved in three organizations that offer services, products and consultancy in many fields, from social work to private building.

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Sitio Historico – Survival of a rural society and maintenance of their environment

Casas nuevas en Pancasán, Sitio Histórico, NicaraguaThe "Sitio Historico" project of SofoNic implemented in the municipality of Matiguas in the north of Nicaragua contributes to the survival of the rural society and maintenance of their environment. Through a multi-faceted approach that includes house construction and improvements to daily life, reforestation, and a vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK), the beneficiaries are trained in different themes toward this end.

The next issues of the e-magazine will highlight the major aspects of this development, as related by Claudia Wild, beginning in this issue with the improvements of daily life reflected in house construction and related measures.

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A cooperative that demostrates sustainability

Cooperativa Cañera en Cuba The visit to a sugar cane cooperative in Cuba was a lesson in the art of survival with creativity and wisdom. Just next to the great fleet of tractors and harvesting machines, and a huge mechanical workshop is also a small workshop which produces nails out of recycled wire.

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Martín Meléndez
Civil Engineer
Spanish and English
Microconcrete roofing tiles (MCR), CP 40 (alternative cement), adobe, tapial, burnt clay bricks, social organization, workshop planning for MCR and alternative cement, setup and implementation of housing projects, disaster prevention in construction



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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