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:
- To refugees in camps because this is where there is some of the worst suffering
- To refugees in communities where life is also extremely difficult especially at first.
- 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….