ICCS designs and delivers Climate Parks;
scalable models of sustainable development that address:
- Healthy soils
- Rehabilitation of local natural ecosystems
- Sustainable materials
- Purity of water supply
- Water cycle balance
- Organic waste treatment and reuse
- Waste water treatment and reuse
- Policies and strategies from procurement to disposal
- Coastal and riparian vulnerability
- Urban heat island
- Urban flood risk
- Carbon sequestration
- Energy efficiency
- Cost effective clean energy
- Community engagement and ownership
- Healthy food and water
- Beautiful natural and built spaces
- Immersive experiences for all ages
- Meaningful work
- Sustainable eco-tourism
- Circular economy
- Carbon credits
While any of these elements can be adopted individually, true sustainability is achieved when they are integrated into one connected system, where each element reinforces another. The Climate Park is the embodiment of this and can be built up over time as necessary, from a core basis of biodiversity, food and water security and community. ICCS works with clients to achieve sustainable outcomes relevant to their location and budget, anywhere in the world.
The Climate Park System
This is not a series of discrete interventions or design solutions, but a systems-approach that continues to work, and to improve, over time. It includes, but transcends, solutions addressing planning, community engagement, food security, public health, economic opportunities, housing viability, energy, water, soil, waste, materials, and so on.
A project site may be underutilised, vulnerable or low value. People may be living there as it’s all they can afford, even though it lacks physical services, such as sewerage. Such sites may be susceptible to erosion, extreme weather events, or fire, or they may simply have untapped potential.
Pioneer species, such as mangroves or reeds and other aquatic plants, are planted in the first stage. They help protect coasts and riverbanks from erosion and start the process of rejuvenating the ecosystems in the area. They provide habitat for fish nurseries and wildlife, clean the water and sequester carbon as they grow. Mangroves also extract salt from water, reducing salinity of the ground water over time.
Deliberate succession planting then speeds the process of introducing new species to condition the soils and create symbiotic biodiversity for a balanced, life supporting environment.
Meanwhile, constructed wetlands use natural processes, (and additional technology as required), to treat waste water up to drinking standard, improving health for the community.
FISHING AND AGRICULTURE ADDED
Food security and livelihoods for locals are improved as fish stocks increase and succession planting improves the site for agriculture. Rather than monoculture farming, food forests are used. These are integrated, multi-storey/multi-plant food gardens with high yields that require little or low maintenance: their microclimate reduces irrigation demand, they fertilise their own soil and neutralise pests.
LONG TERM WELLBEING
Over time, the return of habitat and wildlife attracts tourism and associated investment, such as hotels, to what is now a selfsupporting community. Aquaculture can also be introduced, with waste water from that treated locally and used on farms.
As sustainable food yields rise, opportunities come about for export to nearby cities, allowing for further investment in the local community