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Catedra UNESCO de Sostenibilitat https://www.unescosost.org UNESCOSOST Thu, 03 May 2018 17:17:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 New Research Paper https://www.unescosost.org/2018/04/05/new-research-paper/ Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:19:56 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=6002 In the past 10 years researchers have been pointing out that sustainability needs to abridge the gap between theory and practice. This has been translated in the development of several sustainability assessment tools (life cycle assessment, ecological footprint, environmental cost-benefit analysis, etc.). However, few of them are adaptive and flexible enough to be both applied and driven at local level in developing countries. Aiming to address these issues and in the frame of United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals” that highlight agriculture as a central target, the Sustainability assessment Adaptive and Low-input Tool (SALT) to assess Conventional (CS) and alternative (AS) maize management systems in Jalisco, México.

 

Abstract

Agriculture is a key sector in going towards sustainability. It works as a hub between social, institutional, economic and environmental dimensions. An international recognition has risen on how efforts must be directed to sustainable agriculture if current challenges of soil degradation, climate change and population growth are to be overcome. This is translated in the need for means to assess and evaluate progress (or the lack of) towards sustainable agriculture. Although literature on assessment methods for the matter is abundant, a research gap is found on tools suitable to the local context in developing countries like Mexico, where data and skills availability greatly contrast between regions and municipalities. Aiming to bridge this gap, the Sustainability assessment Adaptive and Low-input Tool (SALT) is presented. Conducted analysis focused on contrasting two crop management systems in western Mexico: conventional, the most common in the region; and alternative, relative to farmers transitioning towards sustainable agriculture. A four-step process was followed: 1) substitute indicators were derived on field through participatory workshops, interviews and field trips; 2) analyzing the impact of maize management systems in the region and determining factors that can trigger tangible changes on the behavior of the system; 3) integrating this analysis and a sustainability framework to build up the SALT; 4) application of the tool and interpretation of the results. Sustainability is constantly evolving as an approach, but must keep strengthening practical aspects. Therefore, assessment tools should be tailored to allow an adaptive application and interpretation.

To download the full article please go to:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.12.040 

Ph.D. Alejandra Calleros-Islas, collaborator at the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), has published the paper “Sustainability assessment. An adaptive low-input tool applied to the management of agroecosystems in Mexico” in the journal Ecological Indicators. The paper is currently in press and is available online since March 7th 2018.

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Proyecto AQUARISC: Becas de apoyo para alumnos de master https://www.unescosost.org/2018/04/04/proyecto-aquarisc-becas-de-apoyo-para-alumnos-de-master/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:05:51 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5983 Convocatoria 02-2018. Capítulo 2. Para la operación de los recursos de apoyo a estudios de maestría regionales en el marco del convenio 42-2016 Gobernación del Cauca – Universidad del Valle.

 

El objetivo de la beca es promover la formación del talento humano para adelantar actividades de investigación y desarrollo garantizando el alcance de resultados y la cualificación de investigadores regionales en el marco de los propósitos del proyecto “Análisis de vulnerabilidad e implementación de alertas tempranas para sistemas de abastecimiento de agua en el departamento del Cauca – AQUARISC” en el cual participa la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad.

En los siguientes enlaces se pueden consultar las bases y la documentación requerida:

Bases Convocatoria:

CONVOCATORIA 02-2018 Maestrías Regionales AQUARISC (TR) (1)

Anexos:

ANEXO 1. Propuesta Extenso AQUARISC (Vulnerabilidad Alertas Tempranas Agua) -Divulgación

Anexo 2. Formato propuesta de investigación

Anexo 3. Modelo certificación tutor o director

ANEXO 4. formato_HV_PersonaNatural_version2 (1)

Anexo 5. Modelo de Carta de respaldo institucional – Modalidad II

Anexo 6. Modelo carta aceptación citación entrevista

Anexo 7. Modelos carta aceptación esponsabilidades como beneficiario

Anexo 8. Reglamento de operación

Anexo 9. Autorización uso y almacenamiento datos personales CFPP

Anexo 10. Modelo carta compromiso desarrollo tesis vs proyecto

 

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Side Event supporting NDCs implementation in urban areas https://www.unescosost.org/2018/04/03/side-event-supporting-ndcs-implementation-in-urban-areas/ Tue, 03 Apr 2018 15:43:34 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5977 The panellists / presenters have discussed how to investigate the implementation of an NDC partnership with mind in relation to urban adaptation under the umbrella of vertical integration. The issue is very relevant for LDCs and SIDS. The last part of the session has consolidated the results and results of the presentations and discussions in future opportunities and research gaps.

 

The urban National Determined Contributions (NDCs) community is a coalition ready to accelerate climate action before 2020 and beyond between civil society, the scientific community, the private sector and all levels of government, including cities and regions.

The inclusion of urban related content in NDCs is encouraging given urbanization trends across the world. Are the most rapidly urbanizing regions of African and Asian address urban issues in their NDCs and to what extent? The results are especially encouraging for the future development of inclusive, resilient and sustainable cities, considering the fast urbanizing regions and expected future the urban growth.

Furthermore the session has discussed the NDCs focus, whether is on adaptation or mitigation or generally more balanced. Moreover, one important related issue that this event will address is the integration of local and regional climate action into NDCs.

Program

Session convener and moderator:

– Prof. Dr. Nicola Tollin,

Professor wsr on Urban Resilience

University of Southern Denmark

Speakers:

– Honourable Dr. Gale T. C. Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development

Government of St. Lucia

– Dr. Veronica Arias, Environment Secretary

Quito Metropolitan Government

– Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamhaber, Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics

TH-Koeln

– Marcus Mayr, Associate Expert Urban Planning and Climate Change

UN-Habitat

– David Oehmen, Associate Programme Officer, Adaptation Programme

UNFCCC

Poster:

ndc_session_poster_update

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Excursión al Rio Llobregat para celebrar el día mundial del agua https://www.unescosost.org/2018/03/22/excursion-al-rio-llobregat-para-celebrar-el-dia-mundial-del-agua/ Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:45:45 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5949 La actividad se realiza de forma coordinada entre La Càtedra UNESCO de Sostenibilitat de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya y l’Ajuntament d’Olesa de Montserrat.  se enmarca en el proyecto financiado por la Diputación de Barcelona: “Fortalecimiento de capacidades técnicas locales para la mejora del servicio de agua y saneamiento en Izcuchaca, Cusco, Perú” con la finalidad de lograr la participación activa de la población de Olesa de Montserrat.

 

Objetivos:

–        Sensibilizar a la población en  el cuidado del agua

–        Motivar a la  población  infanto  juvenil  la  investigación  y  el  estudio  relacionado  con  la preservación del rio

–        Desarrollar actividades experimentales en el rio. (Dureza, turbidez, ph, etc.)

Más información:

dia-mundial-agua-olesa-2018

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Día Mundial del Agua https://www.unescosost.org/2018/03/20/dia-mundial-del-agua/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:46:18 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5945 El Día Mundial del Agua está coordinado por UN-Water, un mecanismo de colaboración de la ONU para temas relacionados con el agua potable en el que participan gobiernos y otras entidades.

 

El agua es un elemento esencial para la vida y para el desarrollo sostenible. Los recursos hídricos, juegan un papel clave en la reducción de la pobreza, el crecimiento económico y la sostenibilidad ambiental.

Según datos de UN-Water, en la actualidad más de 663 millones de personas viven sin suministro de agua potable cerca de su hogar; más del 80% de las aguas residuales no se tratan ni se reciclan; unas 1800 millones de personas se encuentran expuestas a contraer una enfermedad por usar una fuente de agua contaminada por material fecal.

Desde la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad de la UPC, se busca promover la reconfiguración de la tecnología como herramienta para el desarrollo sostenible, reducir las vulnerabilidades sociales, económicas y ambientales y fortalecer la diversidad social, económica y cultural, con la finalidad de contribuir al desarrollo del Objetivo de Desarrolla número 6, entre otros, para garantizar la disponibilidad de agua y su gestión sostenible.

Uno de los proyectos en el que participa la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad es la “Red Temática Gestión de la calidad y disponibilidad del Agua” coordinada por la Universidad Tecnológica de Matamoros, Méjico, formada por más de 100 profesores de siete países diferentes.

La necesidad de constituir la Red Gestión de la calidad y disponibilidad del Agua, se fundamenta en dos ejes centrales: el primero sobre la calidad y disponibilidad del agua, reconociendo que esto está relacionado con la calidad ambiental de la biósfera. El segundo eje, concierne a la innovación social, reconociendo la vinculación entre lo ambiental y la calidad de vida y el bienestar de las poblaciones humanas, entendiendo que estos conceptos permiten mejorar el potencial de desarrollo regional de las sociedades.

El listado de miembros de la Red Temática Gestión de la calidad y disponibilidad del Agua se puede descargar en el siguiente enlace:

Red Agua_Lista Miembros

Más información sobre el Día Mundial del Agua:

http://www.un.org/es/events/waterday/

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The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is held in the city of Medellín -Colombia from May 17-24. https://www.unescosost.org/2018/03/20/la-plataforma-intergubernamental-cientifico-normativa-sobre-diversidad-biologica-y-servicios-ecosistemicos-ipbes-celebra-en-la-ciudad-de-medellin-colombia-del-17-24-de-mayo-2018/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:49:26 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5933 the Intangible Cultural Heritage line of the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability-Polytechnic University of Catalonia, we were invited to participate in the Stakeholder spaces, intended to provide opportunities to a wide range of organizations and researchers, interested in receiving updates on the IPBES process, learn about the work programs and share the results of research on traditional indigenous knowledge on a global scale.

The event has the participation of the most important environmental agencies of Colombia as Ministry of Environment, IIAP, Humboldt Institute, among others. And it is expected mainly to approve the summaries for decision makers of the 4 regional evaluations (Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe and Central Asia) and the assessment on land degradation and restoration, which are being developed in the framework of the Program of Work 2014-2018 of the Platform.

According to the strategy of stakeholder participation and in the context of the work program, IPBES stakeholders will act as contributors and final users of the Platform and will be individual scientists or knowledge holders, as well as institutions, organizations or groups working in the field of biodiversity, that could:

1. Contribute to the activities of the work program through their experience, knowledge, data, information and experience in capacity building;
2. Use or benefit from the results of the work program;
3. Encourage and support the participation of scientists and knowledge holders in the work of the Platform.

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1ª technical visit “wetwall” prototype https://www.unescosost.org/2018/03/07/1a-visita-tecnica-del-prototipo-wetwall/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:56:49 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5908 In the face of future threats due the reduction of land availability and the exponential growth of the population, nature-based solutions (NBS), such as green walls, which can occupy vertical spaces for the treatment of greywater, can represent a sustainable strategy to climate change mitigation.

 

In this sense, WETWALL is a design concept of green façade for the treatment of greywaters. The concept integrates the circular economy principles, through the reuse of sub-products from different production chains, as filter substrates. The concept is being developed by the PhD student Joana América Castellar da Cunha in association with the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability – Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), Aarhus University (AU), University and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ-Brazil).

The development of the prototype had the collaboration of companies and institutions such as Aldrufeu and associats, YTONG, EIXVERD and Catalan Institute of Cork (ICSURO) that, respectively, donated the plants and substrates.

The first technical visit to the prototype WETWALL Barcelona was held on January 16, 2018 and was attended by representants of the UPC, UPF, ICSURO and doctoral students. The main objective of the technical visit was to present the innovations proposed by the doctoral thesis which regards the design of WETWALL prototype for grey water treatment.

The validation of Barcelona`s prototype is currently being followed up. In addition, plans are being prepared for the construction of a second prototype in Cordoniu in association with the ECORKWASTE project.

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Estancia de Erika Tovar en la Cátedra https://www.unescosost.org/2018/03/07/estancia-de-erika-tovar-en-la-catedra-unesco-de-sostenibilidad/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 10:04:48 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5902 Erika Tovar, estudiante de la Escuela Agrícola Panamericana Zamorano, actualmente se encuentra cursando sus prácticas profesionales en la Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad de la Universidad de Cataluña.

 

Actualmente se encuentra colaborando en los proyectos europeos LIFE REAGRITECH (Regeneración y reúso del agua de escorrentía y de drenaje en parcelas agrícolas a partir de sistemas naturales combinados de tratamiento de aguas), y LIFE ECORKWASTE (Gestión integrada y sostenible de los residuos de corcho de la industria del corcho), relacionados con el manejo ambiental de aguas subterráneas contaminadas por nitratos a causa de prácticas agrícolas y con la revalorización del corcho, como subproducto de su proceso de industrialización, como medio filtrante para la depuración de agua y aislante térmico.

Además, se encuentra desarrollando el estado del arte sobre la revalorización del subproducto corcho, los análisis de las temperaturas internas de los contenedores marítimos (humedales de tratamiento) y el monitoreo del consumo energético de las tecnologías naturales para la depuración de agua.

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Field Trip to the Project “Learning from Zenu” https://www.unescosost.org/2018/02/20/visita-de-campo-del-proyecto-aprendiendo-del-zenu/ Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:07:31 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5845 The commission of researchers from the University of Córdoba and the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability carried out a day of socialization of the project “LEARNING FROM ZENÚ”, PROPOSAL ON KNOWLEDGE OF INDIGENOUS ENGINEERING FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF FLOODING AND DROUGHT IN CÓRDOBA, COLOMBIA.

 

With the purpose of advancing the first technical reconnaissance visit in the field, for the definition of intervention area and socio-economic profile of the Molina community of the municipality of Tuchín, the first field trip was held on Friday, February 16 to the formulation of the Zenú project, with the accompaniment of the researchers Dr. Luz Marina Arias (Aquaculture Program), Mg. Angélica Bustamante (Dir. Environmental Engineering Program), Mg. Angela Ma Moreno Barros (Researcher UNESCO Chair in Sustainability – UNICÓDODO Teacher) and Carolina Herrera Soto (UNICÓDOBA Scholar and UNESCO Chair in Sustainability), within the framework of the inter-institutional agreement that seeks to strengthen the investigative capacities of academic institutions with the formulation of proposals for sustainable social development and safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the region.

On behalf of the scientific committee, we thank the Social Entrepreneur and Project Coordinator OVOP Colombia Tuchín Esp. Ruth Mary Vega, Mr. Luis Salgado member of the Zenú Major Council, Minor Captain of the Molina Yovani Cafiel Madrid Council and all the other participants.

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Proyecto Zenú en Córdoba, Colombia https://www.unescosost.org/2018/02/19/proyecto-zenu-en-cordoba-colombia/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:13:44 +0000 http://www.unescosost.org/?p=5838 La cultura zenú correspondía a un pueblo que habitaba los valles de los ríos Sinú, San Jorge y el litoral del caribe del Golfo de Morrosquillo, en los departamentos de Córdoba y Sucre en Colombia. Los Zenú desarrollaron 200 años A.C. una sociedad hidráulica que construyó una serie de canales de drenaje, que les permitía controlar las inundaciones y adecuar extensas zonas para las viviendas y los cultivos.

 

La Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad está preparando un proyecto para la recuperación del patrimonio inmaterial cultural (PCI) zenú con la Universidad de Córdoba en Colombia. El proyecto dará herramientas para mejorar la seguridad alimentaria a los descendientes de la población zenú, a través de un proyecto de desarrollo de aquaponia. El proyecto se está preparando con entidades de la zona, coordinado por la Universidad de Córdoba (UC) y en colaboración con la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB).

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