In performing environmental research, it's crucial that that research doesn't itself have a negative effect on the environment, and 'El Humidal' is a facility that strives to create a system of reciprocity between the researchers and their subject. The wetland research center analyses, documents, and processes the surrounding forests in order to better understand them.
El Humidal is designed to have a virtually non-existent impact on the forest. It was created under the principles of zero waste and net-zero carbon, so it self-generates all the resources that the it and the people living and working there require. It actually contributes to the environment as well thanks to an edible forest, constructed wetland, and orchard all maintained by the researchers.
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