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Resilience Now
Resilience Now
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Washington DC, USA; Oxford, UK; Paris, France; Nairobi, KE
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Wet/Dry Tropical

Andrew Cronin Ashaari Rahmat Bron(wyn) Elliott Chiel van der Voort Dario  Albero JULIUS M. MARETE LEANDRA WILLIAMS Lilian Ricaud Luke Smith Marilyn McHugh Mateo Barile Matthias Geßmann Monika Frank Sharon Carr
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Resilience Now

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Urban, Rural, Community, Philanthropic aid, Demonstration, Educational, Political

Project Summary

Resilience Now is an initiative to build resilience within fragile communities using the principles and practices of permaculture. It provides expertise and support to communities in need and the agencies that help them.

Project Description

Resilience Now is an initiative to promote the application of permaculture principles and techniques to build resilient communities worldwide. Focusing initially upon the integration of permaculture ideas and practices into the areas of humanitarian response and disaster-risk reduction the initiative is working:

1) to gather and disseminate resources and guidelines on the use of permaculture in emergency environments and in highly vulnerable communities;

2) to promote the use of permaculture in the humanitarian sector through lobbying and advocacy;

3) to develop and support the implementation of permaculture based projects for disaster-risk reduction and resilience building within vulnerable communities, particularly in Africa.

The initiative was launched in June 2011 when we gave a presentation on the benefits of permaculture to humanitarian relief operations at the Second World Conference on Humanitarian Studies in Boston.

In September 2011 we led a discussion on the subject at the International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan together with Jean Renouf.

We are now in the process of:

1) developing research papers to illustrate the benefits of using permaculture in situations of chronic humanitarian crisis;

2) building a resource database for humanitarian workers and permaculturists intending to implement humanitarian response projects

3) seeking out project partners to begin the implementation of practical permaculture projects aimed at building the resilience of communities threatened by climate change, natural resource degradation and conflict

4) establishing resilience centres in Kenya and DRC where we will set up permaculture demonstration sites and engage in training and education of local communities in the use of permaculture design and support them in setting up a variety of social enterprises. You can find more information about these initiatives under the project title "Kudumu Resilience Centre"



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