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IE Amazon Ethnobotanical Collection Moves to Southern Cross University Herbarium, New South Wales

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog, Projects | 0 comments

IE Amazon Ethnobotanical Collection Moves to Southern Cross University Herbarium, New South Wales

From 1981 – 1983, Robyn Tredwell and Robert Hahn, both directors of the Institute of Ecotechnics participated in the “Amazon River Expedition” on board the research vessel Heraclitus in charge of the ethnobotanical collections. The impetus to mount this expedition was made by Harvard professor Richard Evans Schultes, founder of contemporary ethnobotany, who spoke at our 1979 conference in Malaysia. When we asked what could we do to help preserve the lore of the jungle, he suggested that the Institute use its sailing ship, the Heraclitus to undertake an expedition up the Amazon River...

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Eden in Iraq

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 in Featured, Projects | 0 comments

Eden in Iraq

Eden in Iraq: The Wastewater Garden Project   EDEN IN IRAQ is a water remediation project in the wetlands of S. Iraq using art, environmental design, and wastewater to create a restorative garden for recreation, education, and contemplation. In 1991 Saddam Hussein drained the immense wetlands near the likely site of the Garden of Eden, turning it into a desert. The expelled Marsh Arabs have been returning to re-green and restore the marshes with the help of Nature Iraq (NGO) located in El-Chibaish. This 7,000 year old Mesopotamian culture has retained their traditional way of life...

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Synergia Ranch

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 in Featured, Projects | Comments Off on Synergia Ranch

Synergia Ranch

Synergia Ranch , comprising 135 acres southeast of Santa Fe, NM, at an elevation of 6200 ft (1900 metres), is the Institute of Ecotechnic’s oldest established project, and its U.S. headquarters. The restoration of this badly overgrazed and eroding high country semi-arid property required the addition of many tons of compost to local soils, damming up the gullies, and the subsequent planting of over a thousand windbreak, shade and fruit trees. Today, the ranch’s traditional-style adobe buildings, courtyards, gardens,...

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EcoFrontiers Scholarship Fund

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in Projects | 0 comments

EcoFrontiers Scholarship Fund

Initiative Robyn M. Tredwell, a Director of the Institute and Project Director for over 25 years of Birdwood Downs, a horse, cattle and ecological station, where she successfully applied the Institute of Ecotechnic’s ecological approach to sustainable land care, passed away on September 26, 2012. Robyn inspired many young people to expand their horizons through hands-on study of ecology and adventures to different cultures. To help keep her dreams alive, the Institute has initiated the “Robyn Tredwell Ecofrontiers Scholarship Fund,” to assist promising youths to participate in...

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R.V. Heraclitus

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 in Projects | Comments Off on R.V. Heraclitus

R.V. Heraclitus

The Heraclitus has sailed over 250,000 nautical miles studying oceans, coral reefs, rivers, lakes, estuaries while exploring the origins and futures of human cultures. www.rvheraclitus.org

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Les Marronniers

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 in Projects | Comments Off on Les Marronniers

Les Marronniers

Institute of Ecotechnics conceptualized the restoration of, and continues to consult on a working ecological farm, artists’ studio and conference facility, Les Marronniers, near Aix-en-Provence, France. Designed as an integrated system, this 15 acre (6 hectare) property makes full use of the vegetable gardens, field crops, orchards, grazing, woodlands, artisan workshops and residences to demonstrate the complex holistic principles on which traditional farming methods were based for centuries. In 1976, Les Marronniers hosted the first European I.E. conference, and continues today to...

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