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Redefining Ecological Engineering…

...in the Context of Circular Economy and Sustainable Development IEES regards ecological engineering as an ecology-inspired approach to engineering and redefines it as follows: "Ecological Engineering integrates ecological principles, processes, and organisms with existing engineering practice to...

Our manifesto

[English] [Ελληνικά - Greek] [Deutsch] Manifesto of International Ecological Engineering Society The planetary ecosystem today faces significant environmental challenges, such as climate change and the unsustainable use of resources that may have disastrous and irreversible impacts at local and...

Sustainable Urban Water Systems?

Water availability has always been the key factor for the development of human society. While in many countries this is plainly evident, those of us who - like me - live in a water-rich country, tend to forget about it. But even in my home country Switzerland - also known as Europe's water tower -...

Sustain ability!!!

We should look with awe at the immense ability of Earth's biosphere to sustain itself. In the millions of years of life on Earth, this ability always persisted. This is why life (and therefore humanity) is still around today. The biosphere has been resilient enough to weather several mass...

Ecology and Engineering – a perfect match?

If ecology and engineering would meet at an evening speed-dating event, they might not immediately fall in love with each other. On a quick glance, they seem to be too different. However, later at night, when lying in bed back at home and trying to catch some sleep, chances are that both would...

Why should engineers care about ecology?

Engineering as a field of practice has deep roots in human history. It dates back at least to the ancient Greeks, and might be much older. In ancient civilizations, the predecessors of engineers were probably craftsmen and artists. I believe that this eternal urge to do things better has always...

Why should ecologists care for engineering?

Simply spoken: because engineering is the most influential human practice on Earth. "It is no longer possible to understand, predict, or successfully manage ecological pattern, process, or change without understanding why and how humans reshape these over the long term", Erle C. Ellis, a...

Restart IEES: Update on the process

To all interested in ecological engineering Dear friends of IEES, It's great to see that some progress has been made in the past months. Here's a brief update: IEES now has an active board that meets about every 2 months to reflect and steer the process the renewal of the collaboration with a...

Restart IEES – Call for participation

Wanted: Juniors: Join the IEES operational team and help shape the process! Seniors: Share your Ecological Engineering lighthouse project in the discussion on EE principles!IEES is a non-profit organization, founded in 1993 with the aim to promote ecologically inspired design and holistic thinking...

Restart of IEES – Picking up speed

What is the future role of IEES and how could it support other societies? Human society urgently needs to move towards more sustainable practices. We believe that Ecological Engineering, using the broad definition promoted by IEES, can substantially contribute to this process. In order to become a...