ecording is a social enterprise that develops sustainable and innovative environmental technologies against the global climate crisis.
Established in 2017, ecording aims to bring solutions that can create change and impact through the butterfly effect to humanity through innovative technologies, and to support the fight against the climate crisis in the world by using the power of technology.
ecording is a social enterprise. In other words, it is an enterprise that aims to solve a social or environmental problem, aims to make a profit, and uses the profits it makes to benefit society and the environment. Its commercial status is limited liability company.
In 2018, we started developing ecoDrones to prevent deforestation and biodiversity loss. With ecoDrones, the unmanned aerial vehicles we have developed, we aimed to support forestation and biodiversity studies in the world by using technology by shooting seed balls in hard-to-reach areas.
In 2021, we focused on reducing carbon emissions and developed ecordingApp. In ecordingApp, we aimed to ensure that environmentally friendly activities that people can implement in their daily lives turn into a habit with a reward system, with tasks for the benefit of the world. Our main motivation was to show people the tremendous change we can create individually, even with a 1% carbon footprint reduction per year, and to present that we actually have the solution through our actions.
Our fight against the climate crisis, which started with ecoDrones and continues with ecordingApp, is within the framework of critical thresholds constituting the borders of our planet until 2030. 4 We will support you with alternative technologies that we will develop. From 2030 to 2050, together with all our stakeholders, we are determined to repair the damage caused by the climate crisis in our world.
A group of academics led by Johan Rockström and Will Steffen, "Planetary Borders: Searching for a Safe Space for Humanity" scientific article named. Within the framework of the article, 9 critical thresholds in the climate crisis were mentioned.
These include climate change (carbon emissions and melting glaciers), deforestation and land-use change, loss of biodiversity, consumption and cycle of fresh water, nitrogen and phosphorus cycles (food production), ocean acidification, chemical pollution, atmospheric aerosols, and stratospheric ozone depletion.
According to the article, exceeding nine critical thresholds carries the risk of creating large-scale and irreversible environmental changes. In addition, exceeding one threshold can increase the possibility of other parts of the system exceeding their critical thresholds, in a domino effect.
As of 2022, we have exceeded four of the nine thresholds mentioned. These are climate change (melting glaciers and carbon emissions), deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and nitrogen and phosphorus cycles (food). Along with the fresh water cycle, these five thresholds that regulate stability and support our survival on earth are critical, and fortunately, we are not yet at a critical threshold for the fresh water cycle, but we are very close!
We have found the answer to the question of 'Where do we start in the fight against the climate crisis?' with this simplified scientific model. We set our 2030 and 2050 goals based on the positivist research of scientists. Our fight against the climate crisis within the framework of these 9 critical thresholds and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals; We continue with the mission of developing sustainable, innovative and technological solutions.
Everything in our life depends on nature and its parameters. Every technological solution we develop by learning and being inspired by nature contributes to the adoption of a life style in harmony with nature and, again, "according to nature" impact, benefit, technology, experience exists to produce. This is where ecording gets its name. The word meaning “ecording to” derives from the English preposition “according to-”. It is translated into Turkish as "according to nature".
ecoDrones are unmanned aerial vehicles that support forestation and biodiversity studies by shooting seeds and seed balls primarily in hard-to-reach areas against the global climate crisis.
EcoDrone can operate in tough conditions, lift heavy weights, and perform autonomous tasks because it is developed by ecording's technology team in Turkey.
⊙ In bushes or forest areas where biodiversity is desired to be created
⊙ In the natural processes of plant and tree seeds, although it has the potential to be reached, in areas where external intervention may be difficult and necessary.
⊙ In areas where it would be preferable to accelerate forest spread
⊙ In areas desired to be rehabilitated with minimal human intervention
⊙ In bare areas with a pitch of more than 30%
⊙ In areas damaged by forest fires and in need of seed reinforcement
⊙ In dam basins and mine sites where rehabilitation is desired or where forestation works are difficult and risky.
Seed balls are balls made from a mixture of clay, humus soil and different minerals for the fertility of the seed. This way, with minimal intervention in the soil, during the period from the germination of the seeds in nature to the protection from external factors such as extreme cold, heat, wind, and forest animals eating the seed, is aimed.
"Seed balls" are balls made from a mixture of clay, humus-rich soil, and various minerals that are beneficial for seed germination. They are used to protect seeds from extreme cold, heat, wind, and being eaten by forest animals during the natural germination process with minimal intervention in the soil. Seed balls create a suitable environment inside them for seed germination, regardless of external temperature and humidity conditions. Studies conducted by various organizations have found that some types of pests can have negative impacts on germination rates as high as 40%.
Climate change disproportionately affects rural communities. Groups that rely on agriculture and livestock as their livelihoods are directly impacted by the crisis, leading to income inequality. Seed balls are developed using special materials, and training is provided to women living in villages near the targeted planting areas. After the training, the seed balls produced by the women are purchased by ecording. This helps to provide income for the groups most affected by climate change, while also working together to combat the crisis.
"Seed balls" are created by coating seeds with a mixture of clay, dust fertilizers, various minerals, and forest soil from the planting area, and then forming them into small balls about the size of a misket. They are then stored in cold storage at a constant temperature until planting time, and then placed in the soil in the mapped areas with ecoDrones.
ecording, in partnership with the General Directorate of Forests and the Faculty of Forestry at Artvin Çoruh University, has started R&D studies on afforestation and biodiversity using ecoDrones for direct seeding in four regions of Turkey with 8 different seed types. In order to maximize the survival potential of the seeds used in the seeding studies with ecoDrones, preferred seed types with strong dissemination potential that are suitable for the regional ecosystem are prioritized in seed selection for both seeding and planting methods.
ecording has been carrying out R&D studies on afforestation and biodiversity using ecoDrones to directly sow seeds in Turkey's 4 regions with 8 different seed types with the support of the Forest General Directorate and in partnership with the Artvin Çoruh University Forest Faculty. In the sowing studies carried out within the scope of the research plan, the germination rates of seed balls have ranged between a minimum average of 9% - 16% so far. The goal of these R&D studies is to increase the minimum germination rate of seed balls to 30.3% or higher by 2027.
Before planting, seed balls are placed in germination environments and studied for a vegetation period. After completing the examinations and evaluations, the germination percentages of the seeds are determined and the potential success targets on the planting fields are determined based on reference percentages. The first observations planned to be made in the field are carried out within 12 to 18 months after the work, depending on the seed type and region. Two different evaluations are applied in the observations. These are the application specified in the "Technical Principles of Silvicultural Practices" bulletin and the ratio of germinated seed balls to the total number of seed balls thrown. After evaluating these results with academia and relevant institutions, seed reinforcement is carried out with ecoDrones in the required areas and the regional ecosystem is strengthened in line with the determined targets.