Soil and water bioengineering comprises a series of techniques involving the use of plants or cut plant material, alone or in combination with inert materials, as a construction element within the field of environmental restoration. Bioengineering is used in all areas of civil engineering, especially in the scope of slope and river bank stabilization, and erosion control. The name comes from the German word ‘Ingenieurbiologie’ and, in Spanish it is translated as landscape bioengineering.
Given the use of living material,soil and water bioengineering techniques must be adaptedto the Mediteranean ecoregion particularities. With the aim of giving answer to this situation,the Erasmus plus ECOMED project “Specialisation Process for the Soil and Water Bioengineering sector in the Mediterranean Environment” was launched. This project is led by the UPM and its consortium comprises a total of 14 partners (7 universities and 7 companies) from 7 European countries. This initiative will fosterthe specialization processand the generation oflong term alliances and new dynamics in the soil and water bioengineering sector.
From the very beginning of the ECOMED project development, the Spanish and Portuguese Soil Bioengineering associations, AEIP and APENA respectively, as well as the Soil Bioengineering European Federation(EFIB) have supported and collaborated in the activities organized within this initiative framework(e.g., symposia, workshops, conferences,…).The ECOMED project will reach a featured point with the celebration in November of the X AEIP-APENA-EFIB-ECOMED conference: Soil and Water Bioengineering in the Mediterranean ecoregion.
In this conference, not only the main results of the ECOMED project will be presented but also the first edition of the ECOMED-EFIB Awards will be celebrated.
Conference languages: English and Spanish