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O2 Global Network

O2 Global Network is an international network for people interested in sustainable design. The network is made up of the O2 Global Network foundation, regional hubs, local groups, liaisons and individuals. It has currently more than 70 country co ...

                                               

Permaculture

Permaculture is a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in natural ecosystems. It uses these principles in a growing number of fields from regen ...

                                               

Rain garden

Rain gardens, also called bioretention facilities, are one of a variety of practices designed to treat polluted stormwater runoff. Rain gardens are designed landscape sites that reduce the flow rate, total quantity, and pollutant load of runoff f ...

                                               

Reconciliation ecology

Reconciliation ecology is the branch of ecology which studies ways to encourage biodiversity in human-dominated ecosystems. Michael Rosenzweig first articulated the concept in his book Win-Win Ecology, based on the theory that there is not enough ...

                                               

Regenerative design

Regenerative design is a process-oriented whole systems approach to design. The term "regenerative" describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials. Regenerative design uses whole systems thinking t ...

                                               

Riparian buffer

A riparian buffer or stream buffer is a vegetated area near a stream, usually forested, which helps shade and partially protect the stream from the impact of adjacent land uses. It plays a key role in increasing water quality in associated stream ...

                                               

Solvatten

SOLVATTEN is a combined portable water treatment and solar water heater system that has been designed for use at the household level in the developing world. The device uses natural UV radiation to treat water, and units are capable of rendering ...

                                               

Strategic Environmental Assessment (Denmark)

The Strategic Environmental Assessment, is a process in Denmark for assessing the environmental effects of proposed government projects and programmes. Established in 1993 by an administrative order of Denmarks Prime Minister’s Office, this requi ...

                                               

Sustainability appraisal

In United Kingdom planning law, a sustainability appraisal is an appraisal of the economic, environmental, and social effects of a plan from the outset of the preparation process to allow decisions to be made that accord with sustainable developm ...

                                               

Sustainable design standards

Design standards, reference standards and performance standards are familiar throughout business and industry, virtually for anything that is definable. Sustainable design, taken as reducing our impact on the earth and making things better at the ...

                                               

Sustainable gardening

Sustainable gardening includes the more specific sustainable landscapes, sustainable landscape design, sustainable landscaping, sustainable landscape architecture, resulting in sustainable sites. It comprises a disparate group of horticultural in ...

                                               

Sustainable habitat

A sustainable habitat is an ecosystem that produces food and shelter for people and other organisms, without resource depletion and in such a way that no external waste is produced. Thus the habitat can continue into future tie without external i ...

                                               

Sustainable landscape architecture

Sustainable landscape architecture is a category of sustainable design concerned with the planning and design of outdoor space. This can include ecological, politically correct, social and economic aspects of sustainability. For example, the desi ...

                                               

Sustainable landscaping

Sustainable landscaping is a modern type of gardening or landscaping that takes the environmental issue of sustainability into account. According to Loehrlein in 2009 this includes design, construction and management of residential and commercial ...

                                               

Sustainable living

Sustainable living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individuals or societys use of the Earths natural resources, and ones personal resources. It is often called as "earth harmony living" or "net zero living". Its practitioners oft ...

                                               

Sustainable Living Festival

The National Sustainable Living Festival is an annual national festival held since 1998 in Melbourne at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River.

                                               

Sustainable products

Sustainable products are those products that provide environmental, social and economic benefits while protecting public health and environment over their whole life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials until the final disposal.

                                               

Sustainable drainage system

Sustainable drainage systems are a collection of water management practices that aim to align modern drainage systems with natural water processes. SuDS efforts make urban drainage systems more compatible with components of the natural water cycl ...

                                               

Used good

A secondhand or used good is a piece of personal property that is being purchased by or otherwise transferred to a second or later end user. A used good can also simply mean it is no longer in the same condition as it was when transferred to the ...

                                               

Water conservation

Water conservation day is celebrated on 22nd of March. Water conservation includes all the policies, strategies and activities to sustainably manage the natural resource of fresh water, to protect the hydrosphere, and to meet the current and futu ...

                                               

Centre for the Mind

Allan Whitenack Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney, Australia where he also holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science and the Mind. He is a co-founder of Emotiv Systems and winner of the International ...

                                               

Conservation biology

Conservation biology is the management of nature and of Earths biodiversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction and the erosion of biotic interactions. It is an interdisciplinary s ...

                                               

Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch is a volunteer-based citizen science organization that tracks the fall migration of the monarch butterfly. It is self-described as "a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that foc ...

                                               

Adventive species

An adventive species is a species that has arrived in a new locality. It may have had help from humans as an introduced species or it may not. The term is now used by some writers in a more restricted sense than its initial usage. The earliest an ...

                                               

Assisted colonization

Assisted colonization is the act of moving plants or animals to a different habitat. The destination habitat may or may not have once previously held the species; the only requirement is the destination habitat must provide the bioclimatic requir ...

                                               

Biodiversity action plan

A biodiversity action plan is an internationally recognized program addressing threatened species and habitats and is designed to protect and restore biological systems. The original impetus for these plans derives from the 1992 Convention on Bio ...

                                               

Biodiversity hotspot

A biodiversity hotspot is a biogeographic region with significant levels of biodiversity that is threatened by human habitation. Norman Myers wrote about the concept in two articles in" The Environmentalist” 1988, and 1990 revised after thorough ...

                                               

Biophilia hypothesis

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia. He defines biophilia as "the urge ...

                                               

Blue-listed

Blue-listed species includes any indigenous species or subspecies considered to be vulnerable in their locale. Vulnerable taxa are of special concern because of characteristics that make them particularly sensitive to human activities or natural ...

                                               

Buffer zone

A buffer zone is generally a zonal area that lies between two or more areas, but depending on the type of buffer zone, it may serve to separate regions or conjoin them. Common types of buffer zones are demilitarized zones, border zones and certai ...

                                               

Cave conservation

Cave conservation is the protection and restoration of caves to prevent or minimise the effects of human activities. Some caves have delicate features that can be disturbed by changes in light levels, humidity, temperature or air flow. Caves that ...

                                               

Len Clark (countryside campaigner)

Leonard Joseph John Clark was an English countryside campaigner and civil servant. He was the last surviving member of the committee that led to the National Parks and Countryside Act in England and Wales being passed in 1949.

                                               

Cobthorn Trust

The Cobthorn Trust is a private non-profit trust. in the United Kingdom that is dedicated to furthering conservation and preserving rare domestic animal breeds. The Trust was formed in 1986 by its former Director, Andrew Sheppy. Until his death i ...

                                               

Common species

Common species and uncommon species are designations used in ecology to describe the population status of a species. Commonness is closely related to abundance. Abundance refers to the frequency with which a species is found in controlled samples ...

                                               

Community-based conservation

Community-based conservation is a conservation movement that emerged in the 1980s through escalating protests and subsequent dialogue with local communities affected by international attempts to protect the biodiversity of the earth. Older conser ...

                                               

Conservation agriculture

Conservation agriculture can be defined by a statement given by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as" a concept for resource-saving agricultural crop production that strives to achieve acceptable profits together with hi ...

                                               

Conservation community

A conservation community is a group of individuals and families living in a community who are committed to saving large parcels of land from ecological degradation. This land can be forested land, agricultural land, ranch land, or any other type ...

                                               

Conservation headland

A conservation headland is a strip along the edge of an agricultural field, where pesticides are sprayed only in a selective manner. This increases the number and type of weed and insect species present, and benefits the bird species that depend ...

                                               

Conservation management system

A conservation management system is a procedure for maintaining a species or habitat in a particular state. It is a means whereby humankind secures wildlife in a favourable condition for contemplation, education or research, in perpetuity. It is ...

                                               

Conservation movement

The conservation movement, also known as nature conservation, is a political, environmental, and social movement that seeks to protect natural resources, including animal and plant species as well as their habitat for the future. Evidence-based c ...

                                               

Conservation photography

Conservation photography is the active use of the photographic process and its products, within the parameters of photojournalism, to advocate for conservation outcomes. Conservation photography combines nature photography with the proactive, iss ...

                                               

Conservation status

The conservation status of a group of organisms indicates whether the group still exists and how likely the group is to become extinct in the near future. Many factors are taken into account when assessing conservation status: not simply the numb ...

                                               

Conservation-reliant species

Conservation-reliant species are animal or plant species that require continuing species-specific wildlife management intervention such as predator control, habitat management and parasite control to survive, even when a self-sustainable recovery ...

                                               

Cross-boundary subsidy

Cross-boundary subsidies are caused by organisms or materials that cross or traverse habitat patch boundaries, subsidizing the resident populations. The transferred organisms and materials may provide additional predators, prey, or nutrients to r ...

                                               

Dead hedge

A dead hedge is a barrier constructed from cut branches, saplings, and foliage. The material can be from pruning, clearing, or forestry activities. Their succession is a beetle bank or hedge.

                                               

Debt-for-nature swap

Debt-for-nature swaps are financial transactions in which a portion of a developing nations foreign debt is forgiven in exchange for local investments in environmental conservation measures.

                                               

Decline in amphibian populations

The decline in amphibian populations is an ongoing mass extinction of amphibian species worldwide. Since the 1980s, decreases in amphibian populations, including population crashes and mass localized extinctions, have been observed in locations a ...

                                               

Decline in insect populations

Several studies report what appears to be a substantial decline in insect populations. Some of the insects most affected include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, dragonflies and damselflies. Anecdotal evidence has been offered of much greater a ...

                                               

Defaunation

Defaunation is the global, local or functional extinction of animal populations or species from ecological communities. The growth of the human population, combined with advances in harvesting technologies, has led to more intense and efficient e ...

                                               

Dispersal of invasive species by ballast water

The dispersal of invasive species by ballast water refers to the unintentional introduction of invasive species to new habitats via the ballast water carried by commercial shipping vessels. Ballast water spreads an estimated 7000 living species t ...

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