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Ecological engineering to improve the sustainability of soil remediation inremote locations and developing countries
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering. (Ecotechnology group)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3204-4089
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering. (Ecotechnology group)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5796-6672
2013 (English)In: / [ed] Dr Christophe Baehr, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Toxic compounds from industrial activities accumulate in the ecosystems at an unsustainable rate. Ecological engineering has been proposed as a tool to design ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of the both. Bioremediation is generally considered an ecological engineering practice but even if it addresses one of the core goals of ecological engineering, i.e. restoration of damaged ecosystems, bioremediation can be energy-intensive and have low reliance on self-design, particularly if excavation and ex situ methods are employed.

From a thermodynamic point of view, most organic pollutants are composed of molecules with high embodied energies and free energy potential that are appealing features for the use of ecological engineering, especially in locations where economic incentives are small for any kind of remediation to be performed,

Based on positive experiences from an ongoing research project in Nicaragua, in which by-products and waste material are used as primary feedstock, it is concluded that the principles of ecological engineering can be useful to make in situ bioremediation a more sustainable practice in remote locations and developing countries.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20157DiVA: diva2:662332
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The 19th biennial ISEM Conference - Ecological Modelling for Ecosystem Sustainability in the context of Global Change, Toulouse, France
Projects
Hållbara Utvecklingsprocesser
Available from: 2013-11-06 Created: 2013-11-06 Last updated: 2013-11-12Bibliographically approved

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