For instance, what made a lasting impact on me was a visit to the Permaculture Institute in the Amazon. In little more than a decade, this remarkable project has integrated agroforestry, aquaculture, and multiple animal systems within a restored landscape that had been utterly destroyed by deforestation. The whole now forms a Virtuous Circle within which all the necessary animal feed is grown and biofuels for the farm vehicles and machinery are produced. What is so deeply impressive is the practical way in which the Institute demonstrates how genuine sustainability can be achieved by applying the principles it has developed.
Source: HRH Prince Charles
Sweeping an open hand towards the greenery of the local Permaculture Centre behind him, which teaches techniques for sustaining the forest, Charles says: “Coming here to Brazil has also presented me with a wonderful chance to listen and learn and try to get to grips with the complexities of these issues and for all the rainforest countries around the world.
Source: The Sun
About PAL – Permacultura America Latina
PAL serves as the link between seven sustainable research centers in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Guatemala. We maintain a financial support system of private donors and foundations across the USA and Europe, and network, coordinate, provide technical assistance, and represent the centers’ projects at an international level. We also translate, write, and publish environmental books and magazines in Spanish and Portuguese, and provide university student exchanges with our Brazilian centers.
Source: Permacultura America Latina
About Ali Sharif
A senior student of Permaculture’s founder, Bill Mollison of Australia, Ali was born in Iran in 1953, and educated in England and Italy. A man who “makes things happen,” Ali founded PAL in the USA with the mission of expanding permaculture into Latin America. He has established more than 26 projects on three continents, and been involved at every level of their development. Ali’s particular expertise lies in tropical agroforestry systems and in the design and construction of aquaculture systems. He has presented at the Bioneers Conference and Sustainable Resource Conferences on several occasions, and currently coordinates the Permaculture movement in Brazil.