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ISSN (Print) 2416-2140 - ISSN (Online) 2416-2140
Published by European Ecocycles Society Homepage  [1 journal]
  • Colophon 4.1

    • Authors: Tamas Komives
      PubDate: 2018-03-18
      DOI: 10.19040/ecocycles.v4i1.77
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2018)
  • Sustainable development deficit in Europe: modelling, ranking, and
           classification of countries

    • Authors: Pavol Otepka, Volodymyr Grynenko
      Pages: 1 - 9
      Abstract: The paper focuses on evaluation of progress of European and neighbouring countries in sustainable development using the system of environmental, social and economic indicators. The task of the research is to identify the problem (deficit) points of countries from the sustainable development point of view. The system of indices which characterize deficit in different sustainable development dimensions has been evaluated. The ranking of European and some neighbouring countries on sustainability problems level has been developed. The counties under consideration have been classified on significance and nature of their sustainable development problems. It is shown that the level of sustainable development is not related with the level of economic development, some of the most economically developed European countries have deep sustainability problems and, in contrast, it is possible to reach good progress toward sustainable development despite economic difficulties.
      PubDate: 2018-03-18
      DOI: 10.19040/ecocycles.v4i1.84
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2018)
  • EU policies: opportunities for aquaponics

    • Authors: Kyra Hoevenaars, Ranka Junge, Tamas Bardocz, Matej Leskovec
      Pages: 10 - 15
      Abstract: Aquaponics is treated under the common EU policies related to fisheries, agriculture, food safety and environment. Because aquaponics falls into fish as well as plant production relevant policies are the Common Agriculture Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy, the EU Food Safety and Nutrition Policy and the EU Environmental Policy. However, as a modern food production technology, aquaponics supports several development goals set by different fields of EU policies. Goals related to aquaponics in these policies include promoting innovation, increase competitiveness, improve access to space and water, welfare of fish, prevention of waste, and promoting resource-efficiency and low-carbon economy. Aquaponics provides solutions to these goals by minimising water and nutrient use, utilising areas unfit for other food production systems, facilitating local food production and thus providing new business opportunities. The EU provides various frameworks for financial support for the different components of aquaponics including the Seventh Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, EIP-AGRI, SME-instrument, PRIMA Initiative, EMFF and the COST Action FA 1305 – EU Aquaponics hub.
      PubDate: 2018-02-03
      DOI: 10.19040/ecocycles.v4i1.87
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2018)
  • Ecological impact of Rohingya refugees on forest resources: remote sensing
           analysis of vegetation cover change in Teknaf Peninsula in Bangladesh

    • Authors: Sakib Imtiaz
      Pages: 16 - 19
      Abstract: Satellite remote sensing technique has been used to assess the vegetation cover changes experienced by areas severely affected by Rohingya refugees in Teknaf peninsula of Bangladesh which is bordering Myanmar. Since 25 August, 2017, approximately 655,000 refugees settled in Bangladesh as of 11 December 2017. Majority of them are settled in the sub-districts of Teknaf and Ukhiya. Teknaf peninsula is an ecologically critical area. It includes the protected Teknaf Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the oldest reserved forests in Bangladesh. This vegetation at the southern coast of Bangladesh plays a vital role in the climate change adaptation and mitigation process in the region. Refugee camps and their practice of cutting trees to use as firewood for cooking cause significant deforestation. This study shows a major loss of vegetation cover following the refugee influx. The analysis of the remote sensed images provides quantitative data on the adverse impact of the refugee crisis on the natural resources and the ecosystem of the host community.
      PubDate: 2018-03-20
      DOI: 10.19040/ecocycles.v4i1.89
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2018)
  • Experimented methods to moderate the impact of climate change in Auroville

    • Authors: Boglarka Nagy
      Pages: 20 - 31
      Abstract: The city of Auroville was founded in 1968 on the Coromandel Coast of South India. It has gone through exemplary landscape rejuvenation during the past decades. The once heavily eroded area has become a green biosphere. Conscious water management, reforestation, coastal protection, sustainable agriculture, a holistic urban plan and the use of alternative energy have been thoroughly researched and implemented in Auroville. Recent natural disasters have highlighted that the rehabilitated landscape and the conscious town planning of Auroville can offer certain protection from the impact of climate change. Auroville and its bioregion have experienced several natural disasters. A tsunami hit the coast in 2004, Hurricane Thane struck in 2012, a flood occurred in 2015, and a severe drought occurred in 2017. Over the last two decades, sea level rise and the disappearance of the coastline have been significant, as well as the intrusion of the seawater into the groundwater. Throughout these events Auroville environment remained noticeably more safe and healthy than its surrounding bioregions. Decades of cooperative projects with the villages in the bioregion have enabled Auroville to quickly act after disasters, avoiding aggravated situations such as outbreaks of epidemics. The achievements of Auroville can be a good example for cities of the Coromandel Coast and around the world.
      PubDate: 2018-03-24
      DOI: 10.19040/ecocycles.v4i1.90
      Issue No: Vol. 4, No. 1 (2018)
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