The Biosphere is the support system that enables all life on earth. The natural ecosystems that constitute the Biosphere are smart by nature, so that this life can thrive.
The artificial ecosystems created by humans are not necessarily in balance with those natural, smart ones. That is why BIOSFERA develops implementation frameworks that make human ecosystems smart. We call this Smart Ecosystem Engineering (SEE).
SEE gives natural ecosystems a voice and a face so that they can participate in the distribution and the exchange of the value that they generate for us, for all life on earth and for the Biosphere as a whole.
Biosfera has developed the operating system for Smart Ecosystems called TUPIX. TUPIX allows both the ecosystems and the communities of dependent actors to monitor, manage and control this distribution and exchange of value in real-time, secure and transparent.
SEE is a new approach for the development and dissemination of sustainable biobased, circular and creative economies, industries and societies.
BIOSFERA is the knowledge and technology collective that expedites the SEE approach through:
To contain this vast field of expertise and technology, BIOSFERA defined a number of interrelated and synergetic research and technology based systems that serve as conceptual roadmaps for achieving the widespread implementation of SEE.
In the programmatic context its systems provide, BIOSFERA makes the case for a whole-systems approach, identifying that no one component of its systems can be optimized in terms of its efficiency, if it is not geared towards the larger context within which our projects and programs are being implemented: the Biosphere.
BBB entails the industrialization of native bamboo for the biobased economy. Biomass is the only renewable source for materials and bamboo has the potential to be a highly sustainable biomass feedstock for a wide range of industrial applications. Next to that, native bamboo is suitable as an important agent that can be deployed in the recovery, regeneration, restoration and remediation of contaminated and degraded lands, thus contributing significantly to social-environmental sustainability. In developing the productive- and value-chain for the different industrial applications of bamboo within the contexts of sustainability programs and biorefineries, both the advantages and challenges of bamboo need to be addressed. BBB is doing the science, develops the protocols and the methodologies and implements the pilots, based upon which a viable, stable and successful rollout of a sustainable bamboo industry in Latin America and South Asia is made manifest.
AIM creates the link between the urban- and rural/agro-industrial metabolic loops. By focusing on the valorization of residual streams through decentralized infrastructure, introducing both new technologies and new feedstock, the environmental burden of those productive chains are significantly reduced. A bottom-up approach and methodologies that are aimed at dovetailing sustainable rural development with agro-industrial requirements form the basis in developing sustainability programs aimed at climate change-mitigation and adaptation, social-environmental objectives and the conservation and regeneration of biodiversity and the natural environment at large.
CC develops operational platforms and productive chains for closing the loops of urban metabolism: water, energy, waste, nutrients and materials. A distributive and socio-technological approach uses state-of-the-art solutions addressing pressing problems in cities and the built environment. Through mapping the infrastructural requirements of all involved, multi-stakeholder constructs are addressed horizontally, allowing for the introduction of disruptive Smart-City technologies that strengthen the resilience and auto-sufficiency of vulnerable communities, democratizing technological innovation.