Good news, deserts and completely eroded areas can be turned into useful and productive ecosystems. Permaculture is a design system that allows you to recreate natural ecosystems with a function for humans. By using the ecology-based design principles of permaculture in the design, one can develop beautiful diverse stable ecosystems with functions for humans, for example food supply, supply of building materials, etc.
Permaculture does not use fossil inputs and takes people and the earth into account. It seeks win-win situations with its design so that nature and man can continue to exist together in a harmonious way.
Earlier it was discussed how permaculture in the Netherlands is going edible woodland gardens can be constructed. Now a few practical examples of how permaculture principles can be used to transform pieces of unproductive desert back into productive green areas where plenty of food can be produced with respect for nature.
Permaculture comprises a large number of design techniques to optimally capture water, keep it in the system for as long as possible and reuse it as often as possible within the system.
Below a number of films with the results. First a permaculture project in Jordan near the Dead Sea with the title Greening The Desert.
In addition, an inspiring film where they show how completely eroded and desertified areas have been made productive again by applying design principles that are extensively discussed in permaculture design principles. View: Lessons of the Loess Plateau.
And finally an episode of The Global Gardener in which Bill Mollison, one of the inventors of permaculture, explains and explains permaculture strategies for arid regions and goes through various projects around the world.
The interesting thing about permaculture and the smart design principles it uses is that permaculture can be applied anywhere.
A detailed explanation of the ecological principles on which permaculture is based can be found on the website www.permacultuurnederland.org, where a freely downloadable course introduces people to the key design principles of permaculture. This course can also be ordered on paper against print and shipping costs via Omslag.nl. If people have any questions about permaculture, don't hesitate to ask!
Related articles and information:
-) Edible villages and towns
-) Window gardening
-) The easy vegetable garden
-) The herbal spiral
-) The edible woodland garden
-) The neighborhood vegetable garden
-) A farm for the future
-) Edible green deserts with Permaculture
-) Green Gold - VPRO Backlight about permaculture
-) Permaculture Research Institute guided tour
-) Permaculture, examples and inspiration
-) Permaculture in the Netherlands and surroundings
-) Web of Life, Diversity is of vital importance
-) Edible plants and mushrooms database
-) Trade your own edible plants together
-) English Plants for a Future database
Freely downloadable documents:
-) Permaculture, designing with nature (pdf)