The greatest potential for this site and project.
The site will have the capacity to regenerate the land, but also to have a therapeutic effect on societal systems and the local community as well as the natural environment. There is huge potential to restore degraded natural systems, build bridges, give disenfranchised people a voice and shore up sustainable economic progress in the region. It will break down boundaries, bring people together, and allow them to work together and with nature for a more ethical, eco-friendly and self-reliant future.
How will your site look and how will it function when it’s “ finished?”
The site will be restored – with vegetated watersheds that restore natural water cycle to the region and aid in climate change mitigation. What was arid desert will, through permaculture design, earthworks and planting, become a lush and fertile place.
The camp itself will sit at the heart of this restored landscape, alongside abundant agroforestry/ forest garden planting, sustainably managed livestock, polyculture food production zones and business enterprises based off the land.
With close links with others in the local community, the camp will serve as a hub for sustainable progress and a conduit through which funds can be applied in the local economy. It will be the epicentre of a network of planters, growers, producers, makers and doers, and serve also as an educational facility to disseminate information about sustainability, and the natural world.
It will also be a place of healing. A place where a close connection to nature and an appreciation of and joy in its wonders can bring peace.
How will you/the land/community have changed from how they are now?
The land will have been restored, to function ecologically as an abundant and diverse natural ecosystem. More than this, both camp staff and trainers, and the local community, will benefit immeasurably in environmental, societal and economic terms. The camp will have gone some way to redress the problems inherent in the disconnect between people and land, and make people and landscape work more holistically as one.
What are the primary activities that the site will support?
What infrastructure will the site have to facilitate these activities?
A restored natural landscape; agroforestry; polyculture gardens; sustainable livestock rearing areas coops, integrated grazing as part of regenerative systems. Water source and sustainable water management infrastructure/ earthworks. Access route for local community and external visitors.
Camp accommodation for staff/trainers and visitors; kitchens and preparation areas; composting system; workshops; storage/ utility buildings; event venues; classrooms; meeting areas (indoors and outdoors meeting and learning zones). Renewable energy generation for use on site.
How will resources be created, used, and recycled or disposed of on your site?
The site will generate natural resources that will only continue to become more abundant over time. (The yield of a site is theoretically unlimited, or limited only by our imaginations.
The camp will continue to utilise and build on natural capital over time. Making full use of the bounty that the restored ecosystem and sustainable food production can provide. By products and subsidiary yields will also be considered, utilised and monetized.
The goal will be for the camp to adopt a zero waste approach. The use of external, finite resources will be minimised, and surplus returned to the system. For example, nutrients in organic matter and food waste will be recycled back to the land through composting and mulching. Renewable energy and resources will be prized.
Use of non-organic, non-compostable materials will be kept to a minimum. Staff, trainers and visitors will encouraged to refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.