Agricultural ecosystems are managed by humans largely to optimize provisioning ecosystem services, such as food, fibre and fuel. Yet these benefits depend upon regulating Ecosystem services, for example pollination, from the wider landscape and environment for their long-term provision and sustainability.
Permaculture is a design science rooted in the observation of natural systems. The principles of permaculture teach us how to design ways of living that have the stability and resiliency of natural systems. They show us positive solutions for creating and managing systems for food, medicine, water, shelter, and Permaculture asks: how do we — as a human species — sustain ourselves and provide for our needs and the needs of the environment for an indefinite period of time?
Permaculturists find practical solutions by using nature-inspired principles to create productive ecosystems that have the stability, diversity, and resilience of those found in the natural world.
The Worldwide Permaculture Network has published an extensive database to explore further what projects exist all over the world.
Type of Partnership: Win-win for Public and Planet
Permaculture seeks to reconnect humans with nature to bring forth abundance by regenerative means, guided by three principal ethics, often described as Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares. The first ethic is fundamental, since without a thriving planet, ultimately we have nothing. The soil, water and air must be viewed as sacrosanct to sustainability, and need to be protected and regenerated. The second ethic really embraces an integrated philosophy of living, in which humans exert a profound impact on this planet. If we flourish as part of a regenerative, rather than a degenerative design, the Earth will become abundant with us. Through these two principles people have access to essential resources that are needed, but must use them without causing their deterioration.
SDGs Targeted: SDG 2 Zero Hunger, SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being, SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 13 Climate Action & SDG 15 Life on Land.
Form of Partnership: Living together