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Ecotechnologies and Nature Based Solutions. International Workshop

National and international specialists will meet in Montería, from October 31 to November 1, at the International Workshop on "Ecotechnologies and solutions based on nature (NBS) for local and regional development".

Place: Conferences Auditorium, UPB-Montería, Monteria

Day: October 31 to November 1 2018


16:00 - 18:00 // Practical field trip to the eco-border in Montería, Sector los

Araujos. Visit to the Ronda del Sinu.


9:00 - 17:00 // Workshop in Conference Room, UPB Monteria headquarters

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability at the UPC develops, in cooperation with other universities and stakeholders, an innovative approach that integrates research, knowledge generation, capacity development and global cooperation to promote innovative technologies that meet social, environmental and economic needs.

We work in research related to the planning and design of local and regional space through multifunctional networks of eco-infrastructures and settlements with zero carbon emissions, ensuring the sustainable management of ecosystem services, with emphasis on the management of water resources at the water basin.

Nature-based solutions are nowadays a priority in the EU, especially focused on the use and application of appropriate low-cost or social technologies for water management (urban or rural), to increase the wellbeing of communities and the ability to produce goods and services. Among them, built or treatment wetlands, buffer strips, sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) and other appropriate technologies are being designed, developed and built at different scales, in a water sensitive urban design framework.


On November 2, some of the national and international specialists will visit the area in San Bernardo del Viento (Córdoba), with the presence of Zenu hydrotechnologies and other ancestral ecotechnologies.


Prof. Yhonattan Méndez. UPB-Montería. Course Coordinator.

Prof. Antonio Cardona. Anthropologist expert in indigenous communities, Cordoba.

Prof, Jorge Villadiego-Lorduy. UPB-Montería.

Prof. José María Marrugo. University of Cordoba

Prof. J. C. Linares. University of Cordoba

Prof. María Alejandra Taborda. University of Cordoba.

Prof. Angela María Moreno. University of Cordoba.

Prof. Massimo Leserri. Architect UPB Montería


Dr. Eloy Bécares Mantecón. Associate Professor. Area of ​​Ecology, Department of Biodiversity and Environmental Management. Faculty of Biological and Environmental CC. University of Leon. 24071 Leon. Email:, Tel: 987291568.

Researcher ID: H-6361-2015. Orcid: 0000-0002-7123-3579.

Dr. Eloy Becares is professor at the University of León, Spain and Director of the Diatomeas and Water Quality Laboratory. He was the coordinator during 15 years of the first Spanish experimental field in low cost wastewater treatment plants for rural areas, where wetlands were built where they were tested for the first time in Spain. Its main interests include natural and treatment wetlands that function in warm climates. He has been working on the functioning of Mediterranean wetlands and carried out extensive research on the mechanisms responsible for the elimination of pathogens and emerging pollutants in constructed wetlands. He is focusing his current research on the role of biodiversity as a tool in environmental biotechnology.

Professor of University since 1997. Four years of research (last in 2017), professor accredited by ANECA in 2016. Bibliometric indicators: SCOPUS = 113 articles, 3372 citations, 277 citations / year (last 4 years), h-index: 32

Director of 19 doctoral theses (2 in progress). Director of 67 projects and agreements. Principal researcher of 2 European international projects, 8 national competitive projects and 5 regional projects.

Dr. Jordi Morató. Dr. Biology (Microbiology) by the UAB. University Professor since 1999, at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, developing his teaching at the ESEIAAT (Terrassa Campus). Professor Jordi Morató has 20 years of experience in research, education and management of sustainable human development projects related to resources (water, soil, biodiversity) and circular economy and participatory community development at local and regional level. Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability ( at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia since 2008 and one of the founding members of RECNET ( He has made more than 60 scientific and / or dissemination publications, including scientific journals, books and communications in congresses, and is an evaluator of 22 international journals.

He has participated in more than 80 internationally funded research and training programs (1996-2017), applying his experience in the area of ​​the environment, including stays, courses, seminars, workshops, doctorate and master's thesis, consultancies and others, especially for Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Cape Verde, Senegal, the United Kingdom and the USA. During the last 7 years, Jordi's activities have focused on the transfer of knowledge, especially for the articulation of urban and regional transformation processes with the use of bioengineering and nature-based solutions, such as the Moravia Project in Medellín (2006 to 2014), the Altos de la Estancia Project (2013 to 2014) and the Cordillera project (2015) carried out with the Risk Management District Agency (IDIGER) of the city of Bogotá.

Jordi is an associated member of the Bradford Center for Sustainable Environments of the University of Bradford, is a consultant for the Agency of Andalusia and the National Agency for Evaluation and Prospective (ANEP) in Spain and for the Program of INCT (National Institutes of Science and Technology) of the CNPq in Brazil. He has been curator of the traveling exhibitions "Recycling city. Moravia a process of transformation in Medellín ", exhibited in Medellín within the VII Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (October 2010) and in Maloka, Bogotá (from 1/10/2012 to 11/15/2012), and the exhibition" Water that removes hunger ", organized jointly with Action Against Hunger, at the Museum of Science and Technology in Terrassa (autumn-winter 2011), at the URV in Tarragona (spring-summer 2012) and at the headquarters of the URV in Tortosa (autumn-winter 2012).

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