What is permaculture?

By observing how nature works, we can learn how to achieve true sustainability

Permaculture is a holistic analysis and design tool that aims to develop sustainable and resilient systems. Permaculture uses natural ecosystems as a model.

In addition to the fact that the design tool works well in cultivation contexts, it is an effective tool for designing social, political and technical systems. This can apply to everything from elderly care, school, democracy to social care.

Central concepts in permaculture are building resources (soil, material, energy, etc.), people and activities so that they:

  • will be long-term sustainable and viable
  • minimizes unnecessary work
  • uses small-scale methods
  • collaborates within the system
  • increases relevant skills
  • provides multifunctions
  • simplifies succession
  • utilizes edge effects
  • self-organizes and self-propagates
  • are financially sustainable
  • stimulates commitment through social relations, well-being, democracy and local self-determination
  • increases the degree of self-sufficiency
  • provides sustainable resource management
  • creates the ability to withstand external and internal stresses
  • consumes little energy
  • uses a high proportion of biological resources

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