June 27, 2017

Illuminating Fragility

While doing a plant species inventory out here in Ecosystems Restorations Camp, Spain, we often stop by our lowlands to observe the small frogs living in the remaining water. While idling next to the reeds we discuss the terraforming that […]
June 24, 2017

What does dance have to do with restoration?

Before arriving here at La Junquera, the first ecosystem restoration camp here in Spain I had the opportunity to spend some time with dancer Vitoria Kotsalou and choreographer Michael Klein, in Athens, Greece. Their work focuses on the somatic expressions […]
June 22, 2017
Arthur Nooren

Arthur Nooren – An introduction

Dear ERC-enthousiasts, My name is Arthur Nooren and I have just joined the Ecosystem Restoration Camp on the ground level where Adam, Ricardo, Robin and I are setting up the garden to feed and the accommodation to house the volunteers […]
June 21, 2017

Music and Restoration

There is a cliché I grew up with – music soothes the savage beast. It is actually a misquote. Here is the original, with a few following lines. ‘‘Music has Charms to soothe a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or […]
June 19, 2017

Playing with mud

While planting a wisteria by the chicken coup with Adam and Ricardo, I witnessed micro erosion event take place. The wisteria was planted inside a circular dam and while filling it with water a portion of the wall collapsed followed […]
June 17, 2017
Ibrahim Abouleish

Sad News for the World Day to Combat Desertifcation

This year, the “World Day to Combat Desertification”, June 17th, comes as all who work in this field mourn the passing of Dr. Ibrahim Abouleish, the founder of the Sekem community in Egypt. Dr. Abouleish was one of most knowledgeable […]
June 17, 2017

June 17th is World Day to Combat Desertification

June 17th has been designated by the United Nations as World Day to Combat Desertification. While it is wonderful to celebrate those who are toiling to ensure that the Earth’s natural ecosystems can flourish it is important to realize that […]
June 15, 2017
Paella altiplano camp

Why are we mixing food production and restoration?

What does a flock of chickens have to do with ecological restoration?  People working on restoration of ecosystems may find it strange that the early stages of restoration camping are focused on food production as much as biodiversity or ecosystems.  […]
June 12, 2017
Altiplano camper

Robin Woolner – A Personal Statement

I am here because I believe that humanity can create on a greater capacity than it can destroy. And to this end I would identify as an ecologist from the Gregory Bateson tradition, meaning that I view the relationships of […]
June 10, 2017

The Gift of Time

I am one of four people who upon hearing the call of an ecosystem restoration camp immediately put everything in life aside and travelled to this disturbed landscape to embody this dream. It is an honor to be here and […]