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Transforming Thinking
The SSWM Toolbox Print
logo_sswm.jpgPromoting a more holistic approach to capacity development in the water and sanitation sector

By Andrea Pain and Dorothee Spuhler, seecon international gmbh

Water resources are under increasing pressure due to factors such as population growth and urbanisation, rapid industrialisation, expanding and intensifying agricultural production and changing consumption pattern.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 12 November 2013 )
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Ecology inspiring engineering - a functional approach Print
By Bastian Etter* and Andreas Schoenborn, Switzerland

jump.jpgGood solutions require inspiration. Looking for it can be a tedious endeavour, as we all know. As a technical discipline, engineering relies on a high inspirational input, to quench its thirst for well-applied solutions. However, to find the fitting function, engineering needs to go beyond the inherent technology. In the case of ecological engineering, the employed technologies are claimed to be ecological. As a consequence, ecological engineers may find appropriate answers in ecology, and particularly, in ecological systems.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 October 2012 )
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Transforming cities - the eco-tech approach Print
iees_symposium_2012.jpgBy Bastian Etter, Switzerland

How can future cities become greener? How can we reconnect our urban living space to nature? What is green and what makes it green? Tempted by the idea of simply peeling off a city's concrete cocoon, to revert to its natural functions and forms, the International Ecological Engineering Society debated on visions and ways ahead during their symposium held at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in January 2012.

Last Updated ( Monday, 24 September 2012 )
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