Permaculture Council of Europe

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EPT was a great success, bringing people together from around Europe, exchanging about culture, education and best practices, making new friends and seeing awesome places. Naturally, the question arises: how can we continue to build our network? Not only within the subject of education but taking care of many more fields of Permaculture.

At the EuPC, we have had several productive meetings about how this wider network can be taken on by the EuPC Council: can the council hold tasks beyond organising the convergences and hosting a website? Can it organise Permaculture European wide, promote political engagement, be the hub of communications for other parts of the world, fundraise and much more?

One of the first steps was that several people stepped up from a number of European countries to become representatives in the European Permaculture Council and to make sure that information between the council and the countries’ networks keeps flowing.
On top of that, there are now 3 working groups within the council:
– A group that coordinates and designs the EuPCs.
– A group that is in charge of the website.

In one of the meetings, we created a first draft for a vision and mission statement:
Vision: We envision a diverse and vibrant Europe grounded in the Ethics of Permaculture.
Mission: We actively support the transition to an ethical and resilient Europe through nurturing an effective Permaculture network with strong connections to the wider society and the world.
So a third group will work on how this vision and mission and the objectives that we worked out in Bulgaria can be put into action.

To start communication about Permaculture on a European level, a new mailinglist has been created.
This is the place where everything from what the European Permaculture Council is working on to practical questions Permaculture and newsbites about the EPT – and everything in between – can be shared.

To join this list, please sign up here:
https://groups.google.com/d/forum/europeanpermaculturenetwork

About cat

Cathrine is dedicated to preserving life supporting systems in nature and in society. Her background in geography, extensive travels and working with an NGO and an embassy has given her experiences with especially poverty, gender, community development, ethnic minorities and the environment. She took an interest in permaculture first time in South Africa in 2000 while working with Zulu farmers and has studied and applied permaculture principles in her later work in Nepal and Vietnam. She has also worked as a consultant evaluating and documenting rural development projects including permaculture projects and Farmer Field Schools. In early 2010, the time was finally ripe for her to take the permaculture design course in New Zealand. She has since then attended a teacher training course, a natural building and organic gardening internship in Thailand. She is working on designing a permaculture garden and strawbale house in Denmark and started teaching introduction courses to permaculture and co-teaching PDCs.