Bicycle Power

A bicycle powered generator

This is an easy experimental solution to get some workout and charge some batteries at the same time.

Responsible Tourism

Community based tourism: how it benefits local people by creating revenue streams while protecting environments

The Ecovillage Design Education course (EDE) is a wonderful way to promote eco-tourism. The social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that exists within coastal villages brings new and bigger visions for participants.

What is an Ecovillage?

Definition by the Global Ecovillage Network

Mandala category: 
All dimensions

An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.

Compressed, Stabilised Earth Blocks

An appropriate technology for building and construction in developing countries

Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Centre was constructed with low embodied energy and a small ecological footprint using an imported compressed, stabilised earth block (CSEB) machine.

The Living Machine

An ecological wastewater treatment facility

There are many different ways of processing sewage ecologically, including reed bed systems and compost toilets. One such method is called the Living Machine, Pioneered by US ecological designer Dr John Todd in the 1970s, the Living Machine works by mimicking a natural wetland system.

Biochar from Bamboo Kilns

Sequestering CO2 while rebuilding soil

Convert the fastest growing terrestrial plant, bamboo, currently supplying livelihood to 1.2 billion humans because of its many uses and ability to grow in nearly all climates, from labile carbon to recalcitrant carbon through pyrolytic conversion in a low-cost, multiple-yield process.

Keyline Management

Redirecting nutrient flow by subsoiling off-contour

Keyline management restores fertility to crop, forest and pasture lands and to steeper and rougher terrains that have never before been capable of rapid improvement.

Compost Tea

Producing liquid bioconcentrates from organic waste

Compost tea is produced by steeping plant growth compounds and beneficial microorganisms in warm, aerated water and organic wastes over a 24-hour brewing cycle to produce a biologically active liquid concentrate that is then applied to field, forest or garden to stimulate soil fertility.

Earthbag Houses

recycling of waste materials in building houses

is an inexpensive method to create structures which are both strong and can be quickly built. It is a natural building technique that evolved from historic military bunker construction techniques and temporary flood-control dike building methods.

Bread from Sweet Potatoes

Creating local food sovereignty

Challenges also includes post harvest processing or storage.

Portable Gardens – urban food

Tackling the Urban food security

Plastic bags can be used or recycled and help in the growing of food

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA

Building bridges between villages - Setting up direct relationships between growers and consumers of agricultural products -

Guneskoy Cooperative has applied CSA to support sustainable living in traditional villages by ecological food production based on an economy with mutual support between people living in city and a village. Each week vegetables are picked up and distributed to the supporters in the city.

Biofuels

Use of vegetable oil as an alternative fuel in villages.

Guneskoy Cooperative developed a project for using vegetable oil as an alternative fuel for tractors used in agriculture. The project was supported by UNDP.

School yards to fruit forests

Productive multi-purpose school grounds/ greening school yards or compounds/ school food forest/ school orchard gardens

Integrated land use design (ILUD) is an inclusive and participatory process that is used by the SCOPE and ReSCOPE Programmes in east and southern Africa to green the schools and turn the bare school grounds into food forests.

Swales - harvesting rainwater to rep

Rain water harvesting into the ground/ contour ridges/ swales

The ‘S’ Principles: Looking at the rain as the main source of water, we need to harvest it at the source by slowing it down and stopping it from flowing using swales and mulch or ground cover. Swales are ditches on the ground that are dug truly on contour.

Pedal Powered Tractor

A Culticycle is a pedal powered tractor for cultivation and seeding, built from lawn tractor, ATV, and bicycle parts.

Permafacture

Twin sister of permaculture that rarely any ecovillage knows about

As permaculture is to agriculture, "permanent agriculture", so Permafacture is to manufacturing, "Permanent manufacture": ways of producing goods which meet the criteria of permaculture - activities which could be done in the same space for 10,000 years. 

Wind Turbine

How to build a wind turbine

This instruction describes the process of building your own wind turbine without having to spend a lot of money. The wind turbine would then allow you to produce your own energy.

Bush Care

regenerating native flora and fauna

Detailed studies of vegetation followed by development of comprehensive management plans for properties that have been degraded or disturbed provide a framework for restoration of native flora that can in turn aid the recovery of native fauna.

Solar Oven

Build your own cardboard solar oven

This is a very easy and cheap to make solar oven made out of cardboard and duct tape which only requires sun to be present and then small meals can be cooked inside of it. (or bigger meals depending on how big the cardboard box and reflectors are)

Decentralised renewable energy

The multiple benefits of appropriate technology in the form of passive solar, solar electricity, small-scale hydro, ram pumps

To raise awareness about the potential for a human and ecological development path, based on a diversity of decentralised renewable energy technologies. We need to devote time, money and effort to counter the corporate energy path through educational campaigns.

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