Institute On World Problems

Permaculture Sustainable Development Projects

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IOWP Permaculture Projects

Dr. Balouki, IOWP Professor and Trustee, inspects land loaned by the Mayor of Kara, Togo to IOWP for a Permaculture Project in Kara


     Permaculture is the development of agricultural, water, sanitation, and housing systems that integrate human communities into the ecological realities of a region. Permaculture development can restore degraded ecosystems, create sustainable farms, healthy communities, and economic systems that are productive and friendly to the Earth. Permaculture development helps provide an ethical and integrated basis for a sustainable culture and happy communities. People lead physically and mentally healthy lives by caring properly for the Earth, for other people, and for future generations.

     Permaculture as an orientation understands that landscapes are complex, biological, and ecological wholes. Ecosystems can supply the needs of a population when they are healthy and when their parts are integrated in a diverse web of relationships. In Permaculture design, decisions result from carefully observing ecological relationships. Permaculture uses the energies of sun, water, wind, and the diverse interactions of a regionís plants, animals and organisms. Human communities become more self-sufficient and begin to provide for their own needs through efficient, sustainable farms, gardens, and businesses allowing a biological region to begin to restore itself.

     Permaculture means "permanent culture." It is the conscious development and integration with agriculturally productive ecosystems along with economic and social systems that protect the diversity, prosperity, and balance of human beings living on the Earth. It promotes a harmony of people, land, and natural resources that provides shelter, nutritious food, and non-polluting energy sources in a way that does not negatively impact future generations. Combined with sustainable economics, democratic politics, and knowledge about living in harmony with nature, permaculture is a source of real hope for humanity.

     Permaculture is a body of knowledge that can be taught and learned. People who learn this knowledge can in turn teach others and its beneficial effects begin to spread widely and inexpensively. Permaculture can serve as a pattern for future generations in a post-imperial world in which persons live together in peace on the Earth because they have no need to steal or extort scarce resources from one another. This means that human beings are coming to maturity and learning to live a fulfilled and meaningful life in harmony with nature on our planet. Entire regions and nations can develop substantial self-sufficiency and prosperity in harmony with their regional environment.

     Relatively small IOWP Permaculture Development Projects at the local level can have significant influence and impact in much larger frameworks, for today it is understood that the local level and the global level are interconnected and that we must solve our immense problems of living sustainably and peacefully on the Earth both locally and globally. Modest permaculture projects educate and influence entire regions on many levels.

     The Institute On World Problems (IOWP) works together with the Institute for Economic Democracy Press (IED) and the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) to promote education concerning new patterns of living that can end war, create prosperity, and deal with the global problems of vanishing water supplies, pollution, topsoil depletion, collapsing fisheries, species extinction, and exponential population growth. The IOWP is a non-profit, tax-deductible educational organization in the U.S. The IOWP applies to funding sources in the first-world countries to begin permaculture projects in poorer countries. We focus on training local people, helping them get started on a community permaculture project, and then encouraging them to train others within their regions.


Ms. Eugenia Almand                 Dr. Glen T. Martin

Director, IOWP                            Treasurer, IOWP


    Dr. J.W. Smith                 Dr. Terence Amerasinghe

  Director, IED                                                                President, WCPA



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