Ecological City Plan for Bahia De Caraquez, Ecuador

I. Introduction — The need and purpose of a plan to create an ecological city.

A) Need

1. Ecological City Declaration

2. Understanding, coordination and participation with all ecological endeavors

a. Projects and activities — government and private

b. Public participation — consult and assist in developing various activities and projects. Public information — government, schools, media, visitors, etc.

B) Purpose

1. Guide activities toward shared goals (present and proposed)

2. Create timelines

3. Stand as a document of intention

II. Areas of consideration.

A) Statement of inclusiveness and invitation for additional activities

1. Request new public and private efforts

2. List needed and potential new activities

3. Regular updating of plan

B) Plan format requirements

1. Geographic scope

2. Listing of existing projects and recognition in appropriate sections

3. Timelines need to be developed short, medium and long term for each item

C) Water

1. Supply

2.Testing and treatment

3. Distribution

4. Conservation, reuse, recycling, and waste

D) Food

1. Public garden spaces

2. Private small farm and garden spaces

3. Availability of tools, seed, compost, and instruction

E) Energy (public, industrial, agricultural, and household)

1. Conservation and cost reduction of existing types

2. Renewable forms

a. Determining appropriate types

b. Developing plans for sharing of new production

c. Construction and installation of renewable forms

F) Transportation

1 Evaluation and suitability of various private means (cars, bicycle, etc.)

a. Priorities for alternative fuels

b. Restrictions or encouragement of use

2. Evaluation and suitability of public means (buses, taxis, etc.)

a. Priorities for alternative fuels

b. Restrictions or encouragement of use

3. Re-design of highways and streets for traffic reduction, traffic calming, etc.

G) Recycling

1. Zero garbage policy

2. City-wide recycling program

a. Industrial and agricultural

b. Offices and businesses

c. Household

d. Roadside and beach clean-up

3. Government office and operations recycling system

4. Public uses for reused and recycled materials

a. Evaluation and ordering of municipal stocks and equipment (paper, furniture, construction items, etc.)

b. Encouragement of local remanufacture businesses

c. Compost

H) Sewage

1. Public biological treatment facilities

2. Private alternative facilities

I) Wild habitat and species (ecosystems)

1. Bioregion and watershed mapping and inventory

2. Habitat and species protection

3. Habitat and species restoration

4. Field programs (observation, experience, education, etc.)

J) Human resources

1. Volunteers

2. Skill bank

3. Special mobilization

4. Employment counseling and service

K) Education

1. Schools and universities

2. Public classes and workshops

3. Government statements and media

L) Culture celebrating natural systems and ecological practices

1. Public information and installations (Green Map. murals, markers, etc.)

2. Arts workshops

3. Awards program

4. Events

M) Business development

1. Sustainability emphasis and incentives (incubators, consultation and guidance, etc.)

2. Visitor services (eco-tourism, facilities, etc.)

N) Funding

1. External (international, national, foundations, etc.)

2. Internal (“green tax,” sales, benefits, donations, bequests, etc.)

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