Category: Permaculture Projects

Claiming the Common Ground

Swedish architect and researcher Lena Jarlov looks at the history and value of creating gardens in the grounds of apartment buildings. She says that these forgotten areas can be transformed into places of rich human exchange. Also, by cultivating food gardens, the tenants reconnect with the earth and can harvest chemical-free vegetables, fruit and berries. Our towns and cities are full of unrealised gardens and it is important and urgent […]

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Permaculture Design Course In Liberia – a Resounding Success

by Warren Brush, Co-Founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis The first graduates of a Permaculture Design Course in Liberia’s history. This momentous moment was attended by a representative of the President of Liberia to mark the occasion Back in March we celebrated the first graduating class of a Permaculture Design Course in Liberia’s history. Liberia had been in the throws of a brutal civil war since the late 80’s when […]

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Appropriate solutions to the challenge of Tanzania

Note: This is Part II of a two-part series. Click here to read Part I. When we arrived in Tanzania, just as when we arrive in most third world countries to do this kind of work, the most serious issues to deal with initially are firstly sanitation, toilet systems, then drinking water, then fire wood systems or sustainable fuel systems, then diverse interactive food production designs. Tanzania was the same. […]

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The challenge of Tanzania

Westerners don’t realise how big the problems are in most third world countries. To a large extent they are created by the promise of modernism. Greatest of these problems however in third world countries include a need for good diversity of food production of an eco systemic style good waste system design for grey water appropriate toilets garbage disposal methods good drinking water systems a sustainable fuel system. To first […]

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IDEP emergency response to flash floods in Aceh & North Sumatra

Dear Friends of IDEP, Two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated the province, Aceh is struggling with a new disaster. Torrential rains over the past week have triggered flash floods and landslides which have forced around 300,000 to flee their homes on the island of Sumatra, with Aceh and North Sumatra provinces the worst hit. As of yesterday, reports showed that about 100,000 people were stranded by floods which […]

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IDEP Yogyakarta Earthquake Response Update No 2

About the situation on the ground around Yogya at this time The latest reports put the death toll from the Java quake at over 5,800 and sources estimate that some 647,000 people have been displaced and are in need of basic food and shelter. As night falls over Java, international news services and eyewitness reports from our partners in the field inform us that while more aid appears to be […]

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Permaculture support needed in Jalaidh River, Nepal

This just in, from Jakob Jespersen: I am working in the Jalaidh River watershed in the Siwalik Range of Nepal. The upper watershed is in a bad stage and flashfloods are frequent and fields and houses downstream are frequently flooded. The Siwalik in our watershed i primarily sand and gravel though there are also clay areas. The area is uplifted by approx 10 mm per year. the whole upper catchment […]

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Greetings from New Orleans

I’m beginning this en route to work, in the traffic jam that now characterises New Orleans morning traffic flows between 7-9am, seems that half the daily population is currently living outside the city limits and commuting by pickup…. The city is a busy hive of worker bees, or a disrupted ant colony, with a lot of energy going into the process of reconstructing what was, at least in more prosperous […]

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IDEP newsletter – One year after the Tsunami

It has been just over one year since the devastating Asian Tsunami changed the region forever. Since then there have been so many other tragedies in the region and worldwide. IDEP extends its heartfelt sympathies to all those that have suffered so greatly. We also extend our best wishes to the thousands of people all over the world that like us continue to work tirelessly to try and bring some […]

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James in India

I am now into the second leg of my trip to India – I have been with Beth for the last 10 days which is great and we are both back in Jamkhed, Maharashtra teaching on a primary healthcare course (same as the one earlier this year). My six weeks with the GREEN Foundation was fantastic. The organisation is what I expected and more. Their programs have worked very hard […]

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