Cocoboards: Intercultural Cooperation and Development
In search of inexpensive building materials for the Philippines, researchers have developed an environmentally friendly technology to produce construction panels made of crop residue from the coconut harvest. An example for sustainable intercultural cooperation.
Date and Time
12 May 2017
Bern University of Applied Sciences
BFH Cooperation and Development
Solothurnstrasse 102, Biel
|10h15||Global Context and Scientific Approach|
Frédéric Pichelin, Head of Institute for Materials and Wood Technology, Bern University of Applied Sciences
|10h45||Cocoboards: Technology Development, Transfer and Upscaling|
Sauro Bianchi, Bern University of Applied Sciences
|11h15||Cooperation Beyond Scientific Networks|
Ueli Jezler, Deputy Head of Center for Development and Cooperation, Bern University of Applied Sciences
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The Philippines are facing an increasing shortage of adequate living space; particularly low-income earners cannot afford secure housing. Effective strategies for affordable housing are urgently needed. This inspired European and Philippine researchers to develop an affordable construction material from locally available resources – in this case coconut husks – and to make it available to the local population.
The project is funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (SNF-SDC r4d programme).
- Bern University of Applied Science, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Science HAFL, Zollikofen
- University of Applied Science and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO ARC), Neuchatel
- Bicol University, College of Agriculture and Forestry, Philippines
- Visayas State University, College of Agricultural and Food Science, Philippines
- Forest Product Research and Development Institute, Philippines
- Hilti Foundation, Switzerland