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Climate Change Adaptation Technologies – Permaculture Design Brings Results

Climate Change Adaptation technology: Stone Lines (The Sahel)
(More videos below)

It’s uber exciting to see simple design solutions bringing yields, low-carbon prosperity and health, to people who would otherwise suffer needlessly. Watch the excellent videos below to see how permaculture land management techniques are spreading across Africa and beyond, and giving communities an insurance against the growing threat of climate change — a problem these small-holder farmers had no role creating, but must deal with regardless.

When watching these videos, it doesn’t take much permie-imagination to realise the potential for a dramatically different landscape to blossom before our eyes — a polyculture-rich and mega-diverse network of interactive systems that compliment and feed into each other, providing sustenance, ecological stability, and the growth of real culture — one that isn’t feeding a destructive, linear consumer system that only benefits a few at the expense of the many. Kudos to the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) for putting these together.

Climate Change Adaptation technology: Fanya Juu Terraces (Kenya and beyond)
Rainwater harvesting (Uganda)
Land Restoration (Senegal)

Baira (chinampas) — The Floating Gardens (Bangladesh)

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  1. What a great resource. This kind of long-term view of development interventions is really important. It clearly demonstrates that the systems have been adopted and are working, and this encourages uptake over wider areas.

    We are developing a demonstration site on hilly sandstone country above the Lockyer Valley in the western part of Southeast Queensland. Poor soil with about one-third rocks or pebbles, seasonal rainfall, and increasingly heavy wet season rain events are some of our key issues, so these videos are particularly relevant.

    We have been making stone lines across slopes which were experiencing sheet erosion during heavy rains. But this was just an impromptu initiative, with no real theory behind it. From now on the stone lines are going to be re-made with the large rocks dug into the soil to create more blockage of flows and will add more stones above the main rocks.

    The Fanyaa Juu terraces are another eye-opener. Having just completed a Permaculture Design Certificate course with Tom Kendall at Permaculture Sunshine Coast, I am about to begin planning a series of swales on fairly steep land. The way Fanyaa Juu catches soil behind the berm to create terraces (which also keeps the sediment in the run-off out of the swale) might be a better approach for us than the usual “swale above berm” approach.

    Again, thanks for putting up these videos.

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