Interview with Klara Hansson,Permakultur Sverige, July 2014 by Gaye Amus
The interest in permaculture in Sweden has been on the rise for a few years now, but I couldn’t link it straight to the EPT partnership. However, the partnership and the network created has allowed for more international teachers to come to Sweden, simply because there are now a lot more personal links established. For example, I have invited Peter Cow from the UK to come to Gothenburg to host a PDC with me. We have also identified a need for a better updated webpage, www.permakultur.se, where all the courses offered in Sweden are visible, and this is now working a lot better. In a way, the EPT has boosted a restructuring within the Swedish board and we are now working more efficiently.
The Swedish organisation is strongly linked to the Danish and Norwegian ones, and in between us we are now working on updating our diploma pathways and our diploma system as a whole. We are growing quite fast and there is a need to accomodate more persons within the process of becoming a Diploma holder. Seeing and learning about how other countries have organised themselves has really helped us speed up succession in this work. Now we can pick and choose the formats we find smart and integrate them into the Nordic set up.