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 2018-01-21T08:05:10+00:00 EcoSur: Concrete Roof Tiles, puzolanic cement, earth houses, ecomaterials paulcoyote@gmail.com Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Of cement, chocolate & rum 2016-06-20T19:37:19+00:00 2016-06-20T19:37:19+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/535-of-cement-chocolate-rum Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="LC3 Chocolate and Rum" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/jun2016/LC3_Slider_LC3_Offers.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 253px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p> Although many trendy bars now serve chocolate mojitos, a Swiss and Cuban mix is not obvious.&nbsp;Yet, when it comes to cement, Swiss, Cuban and Indian scientists have tackled one of the world’s&nbsp;lesser known but biggest challenges. As countries develop, demand for housing and infrastructure increases. Concrete is by far the most&nbsp;commonly used construction material to meet these needs, and cement is required to make concrete.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="LC3 Chocolate and Rum" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/jun2016/LC3_Slider_LC3_Offers.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 253px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p> Although many trendy bars now serve chocolate mojitos, a Swiss and Cuban mix is not obvious.&nbsp;Yet, when it comes to cement, Swiss, Cuban and Indian scientists have tackled one of the world’s&nbsp;lesser known but biggest challenges. As countries develop, demand for housing and infrastructure increases. Concrete is by far the most&nbsp;commonly used construction material to meet these needs, and cement is required to make concrete.</p> Post-disaster resilence and recovery 2016-05-17T21:30:27+00:00 2016-05-17T21:30:27+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/534-post-disaster-resilence-and-recovery Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Post-disaster resilence and recovery" src="http://english.ecosur.org/images/may2016/adobe_dos.jpeg" style="width: 550px; height: 388px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> 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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> {youtube}N3WVf6lv3gU{/youtube}</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> You can downoad the "<a href="http://www.ecosur.org/files/manual_adobe_guatemala.pdf">Manual para la construcción de viviendas con adobe</a>" (Spanish only, PDF, 10 Mb)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Post-disaster resilence and recovery" src="http://english.ecosur.org/images/may2016/adobe_dos.jpeg" style="width: 550px; height: 388px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> 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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> {youtube}N3WVf6lv3gU{/youtube}</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> You can downoad the "<a href="http://www.ecosur.org/files/manual_adobe_guatemala.pdf">Manual para la construcción de viviendas con adobe</a>" (Spanish only, PDF, 10 Mb)</p> A trip to the 19th Century in Ecuador 2016-04-19T20:35:03+00:00 2016-04-19T20:35:03+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/533-a-trip-to-the-19th-century-in-ecuador Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.ecosur.org/index.php/ediciones-anteriores/746-un-viaje-al-siglo-19-en-ecuador"><img alt="Proyecto &quot;Mejorando la Vivienda&quot; en Guano, Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/abr2016/jhkj%281%29.png" style="width:512px;height:384px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> 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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.ecosur.org/index.php/ediciones-anteriores/746-un-viaje-al-siglo-19-en-ecuador"><img alt="Proyecto &quot;Mejorando la Vivienda&quot; en Guano, Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/abr2016/jhkj%281%29.png" style="width:512px;height:384px;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> 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.</p> Reconstruction in Nepal: a school in the mountains 2016-02-23T01:53:08+00:00 2016-02-23T01:53:08+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/532-reconstruction-in-nepal-a-school-in-the-mountains Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Reconstrucción terremoto Nepal Nicaragua Escuela " src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/feb2016/nepal_bhorle_ecosur_001.jpg" style="width:550px;height:278px;" /></p> <p> 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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Reconstrucción terremoto Nepal Nicaragua Escuela " src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/feb2016/nepal_bhorle_ecosur_001.jpg" style="width:550px;height:278px;" /></p> <p> 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.</p> When the flow of oil stopped: the Cuban experience 2015-12-08T03:55:20+00:00 2015-12-08T03:55:20+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/531-when-the-flow-of-oil-stopped-the-cuban-experience Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Transporte alternativo y provisión de comida - Foto: MagicOlf - Flickr" border="0" height="291" src="http://ecosur.org/images/stories/sep2012/camello.png" width="550" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> 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.<br /> 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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Transporte alternativo y provisión de comida - Foto: MagicOlf - Flickr" border="0" height="291" src="http://ecosur.org/images/stories/sep2012/camello.png" width="550" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> 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.<br /> 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.</p> Lowering the carbon footprint of the EcoSur Network 2015-12-07T19:27:35+00:00 2015-12-07T19:27:35+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/530-lowering-the-carbon-footprint-of-the-ecosur-network Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Reduciendo la huella de carbono de Red EcoSur" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/dic2015/reforestacion_nicaragua_01.jpg" style="width:500px;height:245px;" /></p> <p> 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.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Reduciendo la huella de carbono de Red EcoSur" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/dic2015/reforestacion_nicaragua_01.jpg" style="width:500px;height:245px;" /></p> <p> 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.</p> Reconstruction cooperation after the earthquake in Nepal 2015-11-13T21:15:21+00:00 2015-11-13T21:15:21+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/529-reconstruction-cooperation-after-the-earthquake-in-nepal Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Cooperación después del terremoto en Nepal" src="http://ecosur.org/images/nov2015/nepal_nicaragua_002.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 265px;" /></p> <p> Ramon Gonzalez, an architect from EcoSur Nicaragua, travelled around the globe to help a local initiative to plan and build a school in the mountains of Nepal. The village of Bhorle in the Langtang national park was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake last April. The German NGO “Gecotec” has asked the EcoSur network to provide a specialist to plan and build a new primary school, using local materials.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Cooperación después del terremoto en Nepal" src="http://ecosur.org/images/nov2015/nepal_nicaragua_002.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 265px;" /></p> <p> Ramon Gonzalez, an architect from EcoSur Nicaragua, travelled around the globe to help a local initiative to plan and build a school in the mountains of Nepal. The village of Bhorle in the Langtang national park was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake last April. The German NGO “Gecotec” has asked the EcoSur network to provide a specialist to plan and build a new primary school, using local materials.</p> "Improving the Home": Rehabilitation of the habitat with a participatory focus 2015-11-12T02:51:59+00:00 2015-11-12T02:51:59+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/528-improving-the-home-rehabilitation-of-the-habitat-with-a-participatory-focus Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Rehabilitación del hábitat en forma participativa en Chingazo, cantón Guano, provincia de Chimborazo, Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/nov2015/chingazo_chimborazo.JPG" style="width:550px;height:196px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> In the Ecuadorian Andes, 3,000 meters above sea level, 1,500 people will benefit from a rural housing reconstruction project. The main goal is to improve the habitat, starting with safe housing, by providing the families involved construction materials and assessment, as long as they are willing to intensive involvement in the process. The intervention aims to contribute to the "good living" of the community and the family through a participatory approach, together with material resources, advice and support to the families, with a focus to a participatory and democratic community and reinforcing the value of local culture.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="Rehabilitación del hábitat en forma participativa en Chingazo, cantón Guano, provincia de Chimborazo, Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/nov2015/chingazo_chimborazo.JPG" style="width:550px;height:196px;" /></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> In the Ecuadorian Andes, 3,000 meters above sea level, 1,500 people will benefit from a rural housing reconstruction project. The main goal is to improve the habitat, starting with safe housing, by providing the families involved construction materials and assessment, as long as they are willing to intensive involvement in the process. The intervention aims to contribute to the "good living" of the community and the family through a participatory approach, together with material resources, advice and support to the families, with a focus to a participatory and democratic community and reinforcing the value of local culture.</p> Rural housing, an old project made with modern techniques 2015-10-13T23:44:15+00:00 2015-10-13T23:44:15+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/527-rural-housing-an-old-project-made-with-modern-techniques Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"> <a class="thumbnail zoomin" href="http://ecosur.org/images/oct2015/casarustica_loja_001.jpg" rel="lightbox-735" style="; ;" title="CasaRústica, vivienda rural en Loja, Ecuador"><img alt="CasaRústica, vivienda rural en Loja, Ecuador" src="http://ecosur.org/images/thumbnails/images/oct2015/casarustica_loja_001-fill-550x195.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 195px;" /></a></p> <p> CasaRústica is a small construction company located in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador that works using local technologies and building materials such as clay brick, stone, wood, bamboo, chonta, adobe, bahareque and mud. The company, which built rustic house in the rural sector, is led by Servio Burneo Valarezo, a native of the area civil engineer with extensive experience in the use of EcoMaterials.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a class="thumbnail zoomin" href="http://ecosur.org/images/oct2015/casarustica_loja_001.jpg" rel="lightbox-735" style="; ;" title="CasaRústica, vivienda rural en Loja, Ecuador"><img alt="CasaRústica, vivienda rural en Loja, Ecuador" src="http://ecosur.org/images/thumbnails/images/oct2015/casarustica_loja_001-fill-550x195.jpg" style="width: 550px; height: 195px;" /></a></p> <p> CasaRústica is a small construction company located in the province of Loja in southern Ecuador that works using local technologies and building materials such as clay brick, stone, wood, bamboo, chonta, adobe, bahareque and mud. The company, which built rustic house in the rural sector, is led by Servio Burneo Valarezo, a native of the area civil engineer with extensive experience in the use of EcoMaterials.</p>