Global ZERI Network

In Brief

ZERI.org; Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives, Belgium

Description

(1994, [location indeterminate]; www.zeri.org/ZERI/Home.html).

“Follow Nature’s Example; Realize Waste’s Potential.”  The  Zero Emissions Research and Initiative seeks solutions to challenges that might seem impossible or too complex to address, working toward “a new paradigm” that challenges the scarcity mindset.  Initially supported by the Japanese government and the United Nations University. “Starting from ideas based on science, the common vision shared by each and every member of the network is to seek sustainable solutions for society, from unreached communities to corporations inspired by nature’s design principles….Sustainable solutions must … build on local expertise and culture within the local ecosystem with what is available….Communities (from society or from business) need to be enabled to work with nature’s design principles present in their environment.”  60+ projects presently, e.g.:  1) Creating an integrated farming system at a school for disadvantaged boys in Suva Fiji which generated five healthy new enterprises from waste generated by a local brewery; 2) The ZERI Pavilion in Manizales, Columbia changed the image of bamboo as a readily available construction material from one indicating poverty to demonstrating that it could be used to create a unique and beautiful structure, seen and admired at a World Expo; 3) Reforestation of a desolated 8,000 HA area of an eastern Columbian savannah that had been unproductive for centuries, by innovative use of mycorrhizal fungi which acts as the saliva for Caribbean pine trees.  Various newsletters and publications, including The Blue Economy (originally a report to the Club of Rome) by Gunter A. Pauli (Paradigm Publications, 2010, 336p).  c. 60 scientists and engineers contribute.  Founder: Gunther Pauli.  [NOTE: No publications after 2010 are listed on this interesting but jumbled website.  MS]

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