Sunday, October 9, 2016

BIOMIMICRY: Design Innovation inspired by Nature

   Humans are clever, but without intending to, we have created massive sustainability problems for future generations.
   Fortunately, solutions to these global challenges are all around us.
   Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

   The core idea is that nature has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with. Animals, plants, and microbes are the consummate engineers. After billions of years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival. 

Tarik Chekchak

   Director "Science and Environment" of The Cousteau Society, Tarik is an environmental Engineer by training. He is a specialist of the integrated management of natural areas, taking into account the natural assets as well as the socio-economic and cultural aspects. His approach also aims to stimulate the emergence of "biomimicry" - innovations inspired by Nature, helping to reach sustainable development targets and he is one of founders of the french office of Biomimicry Europa. 
   Tarik is also Secretary of Cousteau Divers, a participatory science program led by Pierre-Yves Cousteau, the youngest son of Jacque Cousteau, a program involving divers around the world. Trained in France and Canada, he worked as a scientist in Quebec and in France with the National Museum of Natural History, and more recently as an expert to the French government to help define the strategic guidelines for the management of marine and coastal areas. For over ten years, he is regularly expedition leader and lecturer onboard polar ships.

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