Ecorkwaste results are presented in workshops about bioeconomy and circular economy
In recent weeks the progress and preliminary results of Ecorkwaste project have been present in different workshops about bioeconomy and circular economy.
Under the title "Bioeconomy in the forestry sector. Incentives ", was held a technical conference organized by Generalitat de Catalunya in which Albert Hereu, director of the Catalan Institute of Cork, exposed the economic potential of the cork sector in Catalonia. In this context, he presented Ecorkwaste as an example of a circular economy project that gives vaule to the byproduct from the cork industry to be used as absorbent material in wetlands for the elimination of organic compounds in winery wastewater treatment systems.
Ecorkwaste has also been presented in another bioeconomy workshop, in this case organized by the Mediterranean Regional Office of Forest European Institute (EFIMED) under the title "More than wood: innovation and entrepreneurship in cork, resin, food and other forest products".
The objective of the workshop was to value non-wood forest products (NWFP) as a viable and often more sustainable alternative to other materials that are less respectful with the planet. Albert Hereu, director of the Catalan Cork Institute, focused his presentation on the new opportunities for Catalan cork from the point of view of innovation and entrepreneurship, presenting the opportunities derived from innovative projects such as Ecorkwaste.
On the other hand, the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands has organized a working meeting on circular economy in which Jordi Morató, coordinator of the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability of the UPC, has presented the progress of the Ecorkwaste project as an example of transformation of a sector through the circular economy. Among the objectives of the meeting were to bring the concepts of circular economy in the context of wastewater and reuse in the industry, that is the reason why the Ecorkwaste project has been very interesting for attendees.
Ecorkwaste has also served as an inspiration and source of knowledge for the ASADAS of Costa Rica (Administrative Associations of the Aqueduct and Municipal Sewer Systems). Specifically, the Rio Blanco ASADA is promoting a constructed wetland and wanted to know first-hand how Ecorkwaste works in order to apply it in its community. This exchange has been carried out within the framework of the Europe AID Water Clima LAC Coastal Zones project, a program financed by the European Commission through the thematic program of EuropeAid for the Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, in which CTM Technology Center Foundation participates.