We’re starting in a remote valley in North-Central Morocco with a pilot project that will build a school for local children with a permaculture center as part of the PRI’s ‘Permaculture Centers Worldwide’ vision. Initially we’ll drill a borehole to avoid using the local scarce water, and to save local people having to walk up to 10 km (each way) to get clean water.
In the longer term, we will restore the valley using gabions, swales and jusdicious planting. This will hold in water and stop the drought and soil erosion. It will then serve as an example for the next phase of the project. There are two National Parks close by, and we’ll expand the project into them, as well as build a green corridor between them. After that, working with others doing permaculture in North Africa, we’ll move on into the desert itself.
As the desert retreats it will be replaced by thriving communities living in abundance, while maintaining their traditional ways of living.
This will be a collaborative site where things can be discussed, ideas and information shared and put to use. For now, there is more info in the projects pages, linked in the navigation bar at the top, and in the sidebar are links to related (but outdated) stuff that hasn’t been incorporated here yet, as well as relevent videos, photos etc. For more background, there is a PRI podcast. And be sure to see Alex’s really in-depth article, Morocco Observations, Past, Present and Future, a 3-parter about the first Moroccan PDC certificate course we held last year.
But sometimes a song can say it better. http://my.opera.com/zek/blog/2011/08/30/groundation-waterfall