One billion people lack access to sufficient clean water, and many more lack clean water to grow the food they need. Led by Sepp Holzer and Bernd Walter Müller, the folks at the Tamera, an ecovillage in Portugal (one of the most water stressed countries in the world) have shown that water desertification problems can be solved with solutions such as water retention landscaping, a concept based on permaculture ideas ...
Water retention landscaping, the very core of permaculture, has a few basics:
The water retention project at Tamera, which began in 2007, has transformed their landscape from one of threatened desertification to one that provides food, water, and energy for the community of 350 people. This type of decentralized landscaping holds huge potential for solving water scarcity and desertification problems around the world.
Deforestation, monoculture and industrial agriculture (especially unsustainable irrigation practices), and overgrazing have left many regions of the world facing desertification, whereby lands become progressively more arid, the soils lose productivity, and vegetation thins. Though deserts are a natural earthly phenomenon, desertification is far from natural.
Check out these statistics about desertification:
Water is an absolute necessity for the survival of all the creatures on our planet, including you an me. Given the current scarcity issues we should copy the Water Retention methods of the Tamera Ecovillage in Portugal and ...
If you’re interested in decentralized water concepts, check out the 4th International Water Symposium taking place at the Tamera Ecovillage in Portugal from June 7 to June 10, 2014.
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