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INBAR to finance four sustainable construction proposals in Ecuador

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INBAR to finance four sustainable construction proposals in Ecuador

Four of the nine proposals presented in the call for “Financing Sustainable Innovation” were selected to receive financing and launching.

From 21 to24 April, the first “bamboot-camp” was held in Quito, aimed at innovators from Ecuador, and focused on promoting sustainable construction using bamboo and materials with low environmental impact.

Darío Herrera, Minister of Urban Development and Housing at the inauguration of the bamboot-camp.

The initiative was developed within the framework of the project “Support for Research, Development and Innovation and Higher Education in Sustainable Construction in Ecuador”, financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation and implemented by INBAR in alliance with the Amazon Regional University, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing, the Ecuadorian Federation of Construction Chambers and the Corporation for the Development of Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation.

The inauguration event was attended by the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Darío Herrera, who highlighted the importance of promoting bamboo in the Ecuadorian territory. “We must promote this type of incentives, projects and undertakings that improve construction and, on the other hand, generate employment and help us against climate change,” he added.

During the program, the innovators received mentoring and presented their ideas to national and international experts in order to receive feedback and improve their proposals and then present them in front of a jury made up of Felipe Jácome, technical secretary of the Bamboo Sector Board, Esteban Torres, advisor to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and Pablo Jácome, INBAR Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Participants received training from national and international experts.

After a selection process, 4 winners were chosen, who will receive financing to develop their projects. The first place went to Freddy Llulluna, Andrea Jaramillo and Jorge Batres with their innovation of bamboo structural connections. the second place was given to the proposal on prefabricated walls of bamboo strips and coconut fiber, developed by Enrique Cueva and César Vera. Third place was shared by two initiatives, one from Maribel Enríquez on boards made from ecological materials (bamboo, palms and recycled materials) and the other from Carla Chávez, Carolina Rodas and Felipe Donoso related to community training in construction with bamboo catenaries.

At the closing ceremony, the innovators received certificates for their performance in the event, while the winners of this call will receive support and advice from INBAR to execute their proposals in the country.

Bamboot-camp participants at the closing ceremony.