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Energy Globe Award

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Jordan 2015

Has been won by Geoff Lawton and The Permaculture Research Institute for the Permaculture sites featured inGreening/Re-Greening the Desert

“To be honored with this award is a great recognition of our work for a better environment and motivates us to continue our endeavors in the future”
Geoff Lawton, National Energy Globe Winner Jordan
About the AWARD

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today’s most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention – international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

Behind Greening the Desert and the Original Greening the Desert. To watch Greening the Desert One and Two together, please watch the video below
This project work seeks to address the long-standing problems of land degradation, desertification, and food & water security experienced by the people and countries of the MENA Region. This initiative seeks to educate & demonstrate to people within MENA how to apply the techniques and strategies necessary to address these conditions effectively. It would provide a much-needed opportunity for local people to have an active hand in changing their conditions while gaining skills and knowledge that would benefit the entire region. The ultimate purpose of this project is to rehabilitate, restore & regenerate the MENA Region’s ecological base. The impact of undertaking this project will mean that the people of the MENA Region will have developed the internal capacity to provide access to clean water, a secure supply of food, stable ecological and environmental infrastructure, improved health, increased educational opportunities, an overall better quality of life and a means to develop a self-sustaining economy leading to healthier, more productive lives. The main broad goal of the project is to enhance and maintain the highly valuable Ecosystem Services provided by the region’s landscapes through a process of knowledge sharing and capacity building for long-term local stewardship.

This is accomplished through increasing both natural and social capital. Developing stewardship capacity, leadership, and skills will be approached in the social realm by building further on already existing institutions, by ‘training the trainers’ in the land design and management sciences proposed, by expanding the diversity of livelihood strategies in line with stewardship principles, and through the practice and process of the proposed learning and implementation itself.

The Original Greening the Desert One and Two together

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

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