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Compost making in 14 daysThe Permaculture Research Institute (PRI) – Australia and The Centre for Human Ecology Studies of Highlands (CHESH), Vietnam agree to set up a Memoradum of Understanding as follows…

Responsibilities of The Permaculture Research Institute

  • Provide qualified teachers to organise education, demonstration and research sites based on permaculture design principles
  • Select, promote and support local permaculture teachers
  • Organise and arrange in conjunction with CHESH the exchange and internship of Australian and international students to Vietnam and other countries involved in the permaculture network with the aim of allowing students to gain experience in the following areas:
    • On the ground – implementation, establishment and maintenance of project
    • Administration – office procedure, media and communication
    • Education – curriculum and course teaching
  • Organise and arrange in conjunction with CHESH the exchange and internship of Vietnamese students to Australia and other countries involved in the permaculture network with the aim of allowing students to gain experience in the areas described above
  • Ensure all students are holders of the accredited permaculture design certificate as recognised by Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Institute of Australia
  • Ensure all teachers are accredited with Bill Mollison’s Permaculture Institute of Australia
  • Facilitate the exchange of relevant research information to and from both institutes
  • Facilitate translation of relevant permaculture text and curricula


Responsibilities of The Centre for Human Ecology Studies of Highlands (CHESH)

  • Access land, set up, maintain and develop sites which act as education and conferencing centres demonstrating permaculture design principles
  • Organise and arrange in conjunction with PRI the exchange and internship of Australian and international students and project workers to Vietnam and region with the aim of allowing students to gain experience the following areas
    1. On the ground – implementation, establishment and maintenance of project
    2. Administration – office procedure, media and communication
    3. Education – curriculum and course teaching
  • Organise, collate and translate from Vietnamese to English relevant local and traditional knowledge and skills along with research findings
    Select, promote and support teaching of permaculture design principles from household to community to bio-regional and international levels
  • Work with relevant authorities and Government on promotion and extension of permaculture design and education with a view to the changing of governmental policy

Shared Responsibilities of PRI and CHESH

  • Work together promoting the extension of permaculture design and education throughout South East Asian Region
  • Work together to develop documents and handbooks on permaculture which are suitable to Vietnam and South East Asian Region
  • Work together to organize seminars and arrange the exchange of internship students.
    Promote and support teaching of permaculture design principles on all levels from household to community to bio-regional to national to international levels

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5 Comments

  1. Yes we are in partnership with the NGO SPERI Social Policy Ecology Research Institute which has main offices in Hanoi and operates in 5 locations in north to central Vietnam. We have PRI staff working on the Hepa project right now which is near the Laos border from Vinh.

  2. Thanks Geoff. I am living in Ho Chi Minh City and was wondering if anything was happening in this area. I have read the articles on the site about the other projects in Vietnam, looks good. I hope that the people can see the logic and benefit of keeping and regaining their self-sufficiency rather than selling out to multi-nationals pushed by the the WTO through the government. I have been very interested in permaculture now for a couple of years and I plan on taking the PDC at the PRI in The Channon next fall, (spring for you guys). Was just wondering if there was something already going on the area so I could get into it sooner.

  3. Are there opportunities for volunteering on any of the SPERI projects. If so could you please advise whom I should contact.
    Thank you.

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