INTRODUCTION TO SOIL BIOENGINEERING
A COURSE BY KALYAN THAPA
The course is delivered in three main components:
1 A history and overview of soil bio-engineering
2 Learning unique soil-bioengineering techniques + terminologies
3 Hands-on, field experience
This program is designed for adults with practical experience and training in landscaping, engineering, or an adjacent practice, and utilizes participatory training methods. Each session is limited to a maximum of 20 attendees and is designed to run over three to five days.
In this course soil bio engineering is defined as "the use of living vegetation, either alone or in conjunction with civil engineering structures and non-living plant material, to reduce shallow-seated instability and erosion on slopes." Of the 100's of techniques used in bio-engineering, options will be highlighted depending on the participants motive and interest in the material.
Emphasis is placed on local vegetation and the regional challenges of the local geography, and each section can be customized for specific cohort. Study in each of the three parts lasts approximately one day, but can be customized to suit the needs of the specific university, institution, or group's requirements and intentions for the course outcomes. Typically the program is offered in person, but it can be done over Zoom or Team Meetings if remote learning is a priority.
Participants who complete the entire course will have a solid understanding of the key techniques used in soil bio-engineering and some good ideas about what kinds of problems can be solved with such sustainable and earth-friendly erosion solutions.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Kalyan Thapa is the founder of Everest Erosion and creator of this foundational bio-engineering training program.
He has devoted his career to working sustainably on environmental rehabilitation projects, using leading edge soil bioengineering techniques.
He is a published author with more than twenty years experience working in a variety of the planet’s steepest and most challenging terrain.
Protecting and rehabilitating the earth’s fragile environment is his passion and purpose.
Gallery of images from Kalyan Thapa providing field instruction. Click to view enlarged images.
Only after the last tree has been cut down, the last river has been poisoned, and the last fish has been caught, only then you will realize that money cannot be eaten.
-Native American saying