Animal Nature is currently establishing in San Sebastian Rio Hondo, Sierra Oaxaca, Mexico, alongside an innovative ecoproject
The basic goals of Ecovillananda are to promote sustainable living, the principle of exchange and to live in harmony with the local indigenous community. With this collaboration the following mission can be realised:
To promote the welfare and health of working, farm and street animals and their keepers in a way that aims to be sustainable to the local environment.
Here are just some of the various ways in which this could be achieved - eg -
a) Investigating and executing efficient, organic methods of crop planting to enhance the nutritional health of the community without doing more damage to the environment. A demonstration plot/community garden could be used to facilitate this.
b) Investigating and executing efficient technologies to facilitate agriculture for the community - eg - use of ram pumps for irrigation in mountainous regions.
c) Using bioconstruction/recycled materials to build appropriate animal housing, built by the community
d) Promoting and exchanging integrated ethnoveterinary medicine - eg - use of native herbs where appropriate etc.
e) Establishing a veterinary service which, once established, would encorporate a knowledge exchange of animal husbandry, farriery, nutrition and welfare.
f) Developing projects which aim to make use of animal by-products - eg - utilising animal faeces for compost/bioconstruction/biofuel to facilitate the community
g) Working with children through workshops and art - eg - animal welfare theatre, art with natural materials, assisting with animal shelter construction.
h) Promoting education of local children
i) Training of local vets/animal health workers to maintain a sustainable level of high quality care in the community
j) Developing owner led improvements to current basic animal husbandry techniques and equipment - eg - improved designs for saddles, cooperative water tanks, bioconstructed shelters etc
To read about the development of these ideas in more depth, check out the Think Tank.