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Revista de Ingeniería

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GUHL NANNETTI, Ernesto. Ecosystems Engineering. rev.ing. [online]. 2015, n.42, pp.60-66. ISSN 0121-4993.  http://dx.doi.org/10.16924/riua.v0i42.829.

The article begins by referring to the evolution of engineering with the advancement of natural and physical sciences and the resulting specialization, which has blurred the boundaries of its integrating and holistic nature. This process is illustrated through the expansion of the programs and denominations in Colombia. Further on, it attempts to establish a relationship between engineering and sustainability, and it presents the strong impact of development on the planet's ecosystems, which has led this era to be known as the Anthropocenic period. Finally, we propose a new approach for engineering in which it can contribute to the conservation and development of the ecosystems as providers of vital services needed for progress and social advancement and to the fostering of sustainable territories. This new holistic and complex approach to engineering is known as Ecosystems Engineering.

Keywords : Anthropocene; environment; conservation; development; ecosystem; engineering; environment; environmental impact; program; sustainability; territory.

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