Bioregional Regeneration through Permaculture in Coastal West Africa

Hi European Permie Friends 🙂

We (Jillian Hovey and Ben Burnley) have been on the ground in The Casamance, which is the southern Senega, and the “bread basket” of that country as the desert has advanced all through the north. We are working with a team of locals, several of whom took an EDE (Ecovillage Design Education) and PDC with Jillian and other international & African teachers in The Gambia 2015, which they say was a life-changing experience. With some on-going support from Jillian, they hosted a Casamance Permaculture Convergence in 2016. And most recently, they formed the REPCA Permaculture and Ecovillage Network of Casamance, which grew out of their dream to unite their efforts and to share what they have learned to help their communities.

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Because Water is Life

by Aline Van Moerbekee

PermaMed is excited to be involved in yet another project that provides solutions to real and urgent problems, S’Aigo Mallorca. Water is Life. There is no two ways about it. We need Water to survive, and right now we are seeing shortages crop up around the world (California, South Africa…) as well as on Mallorca too. It’s common enough to have the taps turned off in summer for all but a couple of hours per day, whilst tourism is churning on and whilst ever more pools are being built, wells are being drilled, inhabitants are staying year round.

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Permaculture for Refugees

Permaculture for Refugees (P4R) took its first steps right after the European Permaculture Convergence workshop on Permaculture and refugees, in Italy in 2016. The very same people who attended the workshop, facilitated by Rosemary Morrow, and Rosemary herself joined and formed the working core group. We were united in our conviction that permaculture offers integrated and humane responses to the refugee crisis now and in the future, and that we wanted to take this concept further practically:

  1. To refugees in camps because this is where there is some of the worst suffering
  2. To refugees in communities where life is also extremely difficult especially at first.
  3. For refugees returning home to damaged environments and painful memories

These were our basic motivations and direction. We called ourselves LandEd and our overall project Permaculture for Refugees. We all agreed that refugee camps could feasibly become ecovillages….

News from the Resources for Action Working Group

by Steve Charter

R4A is working towards submitting a funding application in March to Erasmus Plus for a 2019-21 ReLeaP project, for partners to deliver a Regenerative Leadership Programme across Europe to support the activity and development of permaculture pioneers and leaders, including those involved in national organisations, teaching or organising courses, LAND centres and so on, with the hope that Youth in Permaculture will also be very involved. Already 7 national organisations have confirmed they want to be core partners, with invitations going out soon to invite as many EUPN members organisations as possible to be participating organisations, so that the benefits of ReLeaP can be spread widely across Europe. If the application is successful ReLeaP will start in September and it is intended to have options for in-person and online participation in ReLeap events. So look out for more information on this in the next newsletter … or in your inbox!

From A Distance

Just this month: IPCC report on the dire state of our climate and – perhaps more immediate – the weather forecast for the coming 12 years; a report on the dire state of mammal biodiversity; new images of Earth from the far side of the moon.

The first images of Earth rising behind the horizon of the moon during the Apollo 8 mission around Christmas 1968 gave rise to our modern environmental movement and inspired and informed amongst other things the emergence of permaculture.

What will inspire and inform us now to address the challenges of the collapse of biodiversity – largely on the back of the invention of human agriculture, urbanisation and population explosion – and climate, with unsurprisingly the same root causes. Denying the role of humans, doesn’t make it so. And if we aren’t the cause, we will fix it anyway. Right?

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Call for property to develop permaculture project

From time to time we get requests from lovely permaculture people that are looking for opportunities to make our world a better place – through permaculture. We hope that our network members can help them along. Here is an example.

Hello everybody!

We are Hanna & Felix, two mid-twenties from Germany. Right now, we are traveling through South America in search for some land to start a self-sufficient farm & join the reforestation movement. We have decided to come here after living on a farm in Northern California for one year. Originally, we abandoned our European life in the course of learning enough about the current state of the planet & the crises ahead of us. Being too young to ignore that outlook, we decided we had to fundamentally change our lives & join the efforts to fight the upcoming catastrophe. Hence, we are set to dedicate our time & energy to promoting life in all its forms – permaculture being the perfect tool to work towards a greener & healthier world.

By now, we have to change course in one respect: We have to come back to our home land Europe. We have a group of friends & family who would also join our efforts in case we find a proper piece of land to start with. Hence, we now begin our search, especially in Southern and Eastern Europe.

Our advantage is that we don’t need a “good” piece of land at all. We are looking for the challenge to bring life to a place that is not already abundant of it or even especially suitable. Our aim is to experiment with ways & methods to grow plants in preparation for a future without fossil fuels. We want to start with at least 10 hectares, but the final scale of the project depends on the number of people involved.

Please, if you can help us find a place to begin our journey towards a more beautiful world, get in touch with us.

Thank you so much in advance!

Hanna & Felix

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