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  • To all those considering our future, at COP26 and beyond

    This open letter was collaboratively written by the Lush Spring Prize community, at the week of events in October 2021. Art © Rosanna Morris, 2021 “Everybody is saying, ‘we'll do this, we'll do that’. But there's nothing, just words floating in the air. We need not just words, but also actions.” Jimmy Yumbo, young forest defender, Sacha Kuyrana, Ecuador To all those considering our future, at COP26 and beyond, We are writing to you from five different continents as those working to repair the earth’s damaged systems. We ask you - as world leaders, as policy makers, as those concerned for our climate - to take heed of the work of regenerators from so many different movements: Indigenous land defenders, peasant farmers, agroecologists, permaculture practitioners, natural builders, food sovereignty activists, and more. “To take care of our planet, we cannot work in silos, we have to work together.” Aznani, Education for Climate Action for Peace Dominant conversations about climate change have often been reduced to focusing on carbon alone or looking towards high-tech solutions that may not be technologically viable, or may even continue to fuel the crisis further. Yet, the human, ecological and climate crises we face are connected and intersecting - and therefore need holistic solutions. Regeneration invites us to think systemically. It means paradigms and practices that take a whole-systems approach to solving problems; looking at all the intersecting threads of our cultures, and restoring health, wholeness and resilience throughout. As we wait for the COP26 agreements, the rights and wellbeing of all Life, human and non-human, must be at the forefront of our decisions. We ask: what would the future look like if we saw human civilization as part of nature rather than separate from the whole? “It is time to focus on equitable education, sanitation, housing and healthcare in the Global South and the restructuring and redistribution of resources from the Global North based on a national and global economy. One that does not systemically exceed our upper ecological limits nor descend below an unacceptable quality of life.” Guy Ritani, PermaQueer We are asking for a just transition into a world where planetary care, human care, care for wildlife, and equitable distribution and access to resources are central tenets. We know that what this looks like in different contexts will always be unique. Regeneration must therefore also be embedded in the approach, in the process. It must be collaborative, it must come from the voices of people. It must be embedded in the communities from which it emerges. Otherwise, it is colonialism in disguise. “The solutions lie deep in our cultures, in the way we work to connect with our ancestral wisdom.” Simon Mitambo, African Biodiversity Network Practitioners from our intersecting movements have worked on the fringes of society for too long. They’ve been excluded from conversations. They’ve been killed for what we stand up for. We need to give platforms to those who have been historically marginalised or left out of policy conversations. Indigenous and First Nations communities; small holder farmers; communities from the Global South; those affected by climate disaster and conflict; refugees and displaced people; young people. These voices are important to listen to as, in the words of Kenyan Peasants’ League, “no one mourns more than the bereaved;” or of PermaQueer, “The failings of our systems are never more known than by those who they have failed.” Only by listening to such perspectives can true change emerge. There are narratives for a better future, and they’re coming from the margins. When we give space to listen and hear these communities, unique and innovative solutions will emerge. Many of these solutions are already being practiced all around the world. Now is the time to elevate the voices of regenerative practitioners and showcase a better world that is possible. Incredible, innovative solutions already exist, but they need funding, support, and voice. This letter is therefore an invitation to listen to our unique voices and hear what we are saying, the solutions we understand, the strength we are holding - embedded in experience, in culture and in place. Signed by: The Lush Spring Prize Community, including: Re-Alliance Anna Clayton, Ethical Consumer, UK Francesca de la Torre, Ethical Consumer, UK James Atherton, Lush Ltd, UK Maria Anchundia, Sacha Kuyrana, Ecuador Ahmed Sourani, Gaza Urban & Peri-urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP), Palestine Simon Mitambo, African Biodiversity Network and Society for Alternative Learning and Transformation Eskender Mulugeta, Food Secured Schools Africa, Ethiopia Teodora Borghoff, Timișoara Community Foundation, Romania Lewis Mashingaidze, Fambidzanai, Zimbabwe Norani Abu Bakar, Education for Climate Action for Peace, Malaysia Coral Herencia. Fundación Cuidemos Paraísos. Chile. Guy Ritani & Toad Dell, PermaQueer, Australia Jessie Doyle, Lush Ltd, Ireland, Georgina McAllister, Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience, Coventry University. AgroecologyNow! Cidi Otieno David, Kenyan Peasants League Ola Tom Lakere, Youth In Permaculture Prize judge 2021, Permayouth Kitgum, Uganda Jackie Kearney, Re-Alliance Filipa Pimentel, Transition Network Faith Flanigan, Regenerosity & the Buckminster Fuller Institute Anna Andrade, Regenerosity Amanda Joy Ravenhill, Buckminster Fuller Institute Ego Lemos, Permaculture Timor-Leste (Permatil) John Macharia, SCOPE Kenya Monique Wambui, SCOPE Kenya Gideon Mawenge, The Marginalised Mirror, Namibia Kanghi Kayapri, Associação Centro de Cultura Sabuká Kariri Xocó, Brazil Tah Kennette Konsum, Mount Oku Center for Gender and Socioeconomic Empowerment, Cameroon Tomás de Lara, Ciudades+B / Cities Can B, Brazil. Sarah Queblatin, Green Releaf, Philippines Josie Redmonds, Malawi Schools Permaculture Clubs Bianca Elzenbaumer, Comunità Frizzante, Italy Maria Inés Cuj, Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura, Guatemala Anne Rammi, Be The Earth Foundation “It is time to have less talk and have more actions toward biodiversity regeneration. The future of the young people is much more important as that of the current generation.” John Macharia, SCOPE Kenya “Gostariamos de pedir que fizéssemos exercícios de humildade, percebendo que a raiz de nossos problemas é a ambição”. "We would like to ask you to do exercises in humility, realising that the root of our problems is ambition" Kanghi Kayapri, Associação Centro de Cultura Sabuká Kariri Xocó, Brazil “What did Africa get from the aid sector? What did we get from all these things sent to us constantly for the past five or six decades? In my view, we did not get much. Not much has changed.” Eskender Mulugeta, Food Secured Schools Africa “In the Amazon here, we have oil exploitation causing so much harm, deforesting big areas of land. My family members are joining forces to not allow oil companies to come in and deforest.” María Anchundia, young forest defender, Sacha Kuyrana, Ecuador "Resguardar social, ecológica y legalmente los principales ecosistemas de la Tierra - Biosfera- es fundamental para garantizar la posibilidad de un mundo sano para nuestras generaciones venideras." “Protecting socially, ecologically and legally the main ecosystems of the Earth - Biosphere - is essential to guarantee the possibility of a healthy world for our future generations.” Fundación Cuidemos Paraísos, Chile “En nuestro país el 85% de la tierra está ocupada por grandes fincas de caña de azúcar y palma aceitera y acceder a tierra por parte de familias productoras es muy difícil. Actualmente personas defensoras están siendo criminalizadas por defender el derecho humano y el agua.” “In our country, 85% of the land is occupied by large sugar cane and oil palm farms and access to land by producer families is very difficult. Defenders are currently being criminalized for defending human rights and water.” Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura IMAP - Guatemala “A voice from the global south, I bring along our griefs perpetuated by climate change. I urge you - the leaders gathering at COP26 - to act swiftly...The multiple crises our generation faces today requires understanding from a holistic perspective, that is only if you take us, the victims, seriously!” Ola Tom Lakere, Permayouth Kitgum, Uganda “Indigenous knowledge has been naturally supporting the maintainance of the world climate, in the efforts to roll back the effects through mitigation and in to engage in adaptation, more resources should be allocated to these communities and Indigenous practices at the grassroots level" Tah Kennette Konsum, Mount Oku Center for Gender and Socioeconomic Empowerment ‘We are curing ourselves while curing the earth’ Wafa Hossain The Blue Ribbon Global “When there is no peace among the people, our planet and the environment will be destroyed” Aznani Zakaria, Education for Climate Action for Peace "It is time to honour ancestral and feminine-led knowledge into building resilient solutions based on care, nurturing and community. Women's life experiences in communities all around the globe are intrinsically connected to the environment. They are the ones collecting water, growing food and finding fuel. And also they are the ones whose lives are most impacted when crises arise. It is time that our leaders understand the meaning of environmental justice also from the female perspective." Anne Rammi, Be The Earth Foundation “The global South has been heavily affected by climate change, urgency and innovations are needed in improving adaptability and promoting sustainable use of limited resources by smallholder farmers whilst increasing the carbon sequestration”. Lewis Mashingaidze, Fambidzanai "I ask everyone here today, how would you decorate your home? Would you have your home full of colour, full of life? Or full of darkness? Well, our planet is our home, and we are destroying it. The solutions are there. Sometimes the scale of the crisis can tear you down and leave you feeling helpless. But even the longest essay starts with a single word. There is no moving out of this beautiful home, this perfect home. We've got to bring out the mops, and get this home back in order." Maria Chan - UCSI School (Teens4CAP Participant) "Participar en la regeneración Bio-Cultural de la Tierra es un gran compromiso que debemos asumir con acción prosolutiva, esperanza, convicción y valentía, aplicando Soluciones Basadas en la Naturaleza y recuperando la ciencia y sabiduría antigua." "Participating in the Bio-Cultural regeneration of the Earth is a great commitment that we must assume with prosolutive action, hope, conviction and courage, applying Nature-Based Solutions and recovering ancient science and wisdom." Fundación Cuidemos Paraísos, Chile

  • Changing the Flow by Regenerating with Water - Rainwater Lakes in Rajasthan and Reverse Migration

    A Return to the Village In India, like many countries, the migration of people from rural villages to large cities in search of work and livelihoods is the common flow. Pushed by water scarcity, there are estimated to be nearly 100 million inter-state migrants in Indian cities, many of whom live in poverty in informal settlements. In March 2020 the Indian Covid Lockdown reversed this flow when millions of migrant workers fled cities as wages evaporated and returned home to their villages. Indian Lockdown, March 2020: people flee the cities in reverse migration back to villages What awaited them could be anything from an eroded desertified landscape with little opportunities to subsist, to a fertile and verdant agricultural area with a cohesive community, sustainable rural economy and opportunities of self-sufficiency and employment. What makes the difference between these two extremes? Water. If water is not held within the landscape it washes through and away leading to erosion, depleted aquifers, failed crops and biodiversity and habitat loss. Many people who returned home from cities found that the place they had left had eroded further, that, in tandem with the exodus of young migrant workers, water too had left their villages, and with it, life. But, as we will see, by regrouping as a community and taking collective action, eroded lands can be rejuvenated and life can be restored. By changing the flow of water, people too are held and sustained and opportunities can be found in the place they call home. The UK-based The Flow Partnership have been working with the Rajasthani organisation Tarun Bharat Sangh and villagers in Rajasthan to do just this. Together they create traditional ‘johads’ or ponds, enabling a holistic regeneration of the surrounding land, the community and the local economy. The Flow Partnership are also taking this model of Community Driven Decentralised Water Management into other countries in the world- especially into Africa and Latin America, working closely with local NGO’s such as TBS in those locations. Climate change and drought in Rajasthan Increasing and more lengthy droughts, fueled by climate change, are leading to desertification and livelihood loss in Rajasthan. In the Sarsa river catchment area, at least 21 rivers and streams have disappeared leaving wells and boreholes dry. Monsoon rains bring water back to the arid landscape, but if the water is not held it washes out of the area and cannot be used to irrigate crops. Johads, traditional rainwater filled ponds, once acted to retain water within the landscape, supplying the surrounding area with gravity-fed water. As the wells and boreholes go dry, local people are again appreciating the regenerative effects of johads to bring back life to a parched landscape and are working together to restore ancient johads and create new ones. Building Johads - a multiple partnership Villagers meet to agree plans for the johad and collectively work to construct it “The average rainfall is very low here. That is why we, the people of Maharajpura came together and decided to make our johad bigger.” Johads are earthworks of a pond sculpted out of the landscape and the formation of a dam with rocks and earth, sealed with soil compacted by a JCB. An overflow area is made from rock or concrete. Bushes and vegetable crops are planted on the slopes to stabilise the soil and a gravity powered syphon feeds and irrigates crops. Sometimes the pond is stocked with fish which can be caught and sold. Making johads is a collaborative endeavour. Villagers undertake earthworks with their tractors and trailers, with a JCB and driver hired-in. Together with the villagers Tarun Bharat Sangh has created dozens of johads throughout Eastern Rajasthan. Johads are built through a multiple partnership of: local wisdom, labour and investment, regional expert engineering advice and facilitation, local and international funding. Stakeholders, local people are empowered and motivated to maintain and manage the johads ensuring their upkeep for years to come. As well as design knowledge and labour, local people contribute one third of the cost of building the dams, with UK-based The Flow Partnership arranging to contribute the balance two thirds. The positive change that johads create reflects this partnership with benefits which are local, regional and global in scale: small drops in the pond create global ripples. Local Regeneration through Natural Infrastructure “Earlier, without the johad this was all barren land. There was nothing here.” If water is assured locally, food and nutrition security are enabled. Villagers can then focus on agricultural development and becoming economically viable self-sustaining units creating rural livelihoods. Rainwater-filled johads built on high ground can seep water through underground aquifers supplying nearby boreholes and wells and irrigating neighbouring fields. But a Johad is more than an irrigation resource. With water held naturally within the landscape, it brings life to entire ecosystems where populations of fish, birds and other wildlife proliferate. Johads create a regenerative farming model by building self-sustaining eco-systems. Watered crops create increased yields and income for villagers - generating new employment opportunities, for example, in one such village where a johad had been built by The Flow Partnership and Tarun Bharat Sangh, better grazing land for cattle meant that 40 young villagers could be employed selling milk; migration to the cities is not needed when there are opportunities for jobs closer to home. With greater incomes, more girls are funded to go to school and health resilience is improved due to better diets. By investing in the village, resilient cohesive communities are sustained and developed enabling a continuation of a way of life which is less extractive than urban living. Food is grown to feed the local population without the need for transporting long distances and informal economies of exchange of goods and services can continue, such as caring for children and elderly relatives, sharing of home-grown healthy food and heritage seeds and swapping of labour. Regional Stability Successful small and medium food production goes beyond self-sufficiency at a local level when food is exported and sold regionally. This gives a stable income to the local area, while also supporting regional food security and feeding of urban populations without the excess food-miles and harmful practices of centralised intensive agriculture. With livelihoods sustained within the village, there is less migration to urban areas, reducing the pressures of overcrowding in cities. Global Benefits The sum of multiple communities regenerated by water retention create cumulative global benefits. Global biodiversity is increased as habitats are preserved and carbon emissions are reduced by using sustainable irrigation methods. Carbon is sequestered in the increased areas of healthy soils and water in the landscape. Preserving small and medium agrarian villages maintains traditional and regional identities, adding to the rich diversity of world cultures and products and reduces homogenisation. By becoming self-sufficient, rural populations can contribute to the wider economy and are less dependent on national and international aid financing. Beyond India - Community Wisdom Creating Global Ripples Many cultures have their own traditional methods to retain water in the landscape at the community level using natural infrastructure. The Flow Partnership is currently working with communities in Colombia in collaboration with UK engineering firm ARUP to build their own form of johads called Jagueys. In Slovakia NGO People and Water headed by Michal Kravcik have created a series of microbasisns and similar johad like leaky dams along with the villagers to revitalise the local flooded landscapes. Climate change is water change, but community driven water retention measures can be applied throughout the world to respond positively to this change, to sustain life and help bring our climate back to health. Next is an ambitious project to revive the badlands in Rajasthan see: https://waterways.world/images/dang_project.pdf Read More at https://www.theflowpartnership.org and watch the Flow Partnership's film, Water For All at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKXGfyR5_SY

  • Re-Alliance’s Statement on the latest IPCC Report

    The IPCC Report calls for urgent change. What we need is Regenerative transformation. This includes the humanitarian and development sectors. The second week of August 2021 saw the public release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest assessment report. Formed in the late 1980s, the IPCC releases rigorous reports on the state of climate breakdown every eight years. Confirming what perhaps many of us feared to be true, this latest report is by far the most damning, indicating that drastic changes must be made as soon as possible if we are to sustain human life as we know it. Our planet’s climate systems are changing beyond recognition. We will continue to experience the drastic effects of climate breakdown, and the many interrelated ecological crises such as large scale species’ extinction, more and more-so over the next 50 years and beyond. As climate breakdown continues to worsen, we know that people living in the Global South, and volatile or challenging contexts, will be the hardest hit. The UNHCR estimates that around 20 million people are already displaced each year by extreme weather and natural disasters. Many say this is already a conservative figure. With more wildfires, super storms, floods and droughts happening in many regions than ever recorded, the amount of people experiencing displacement will only increase drastically. Global governments must hold the world’s biggest polluting companies accountable, as well as making seismic changes to the systems which have enabled corporations to profit from the violent exploitation of people and planet. We are often told that our individual choices will make a difference to climate change. Re-Alliance does not submit to the narrative that individual choices will create the level of change needed, because this approach is often the veneer that corporations use to pass focus away from their own crimes. But there are also drastic changes that the nonprofit world needs to make. We urge NGOs and aid agencies to look toward their own policies and practices, to see how our own activities are impacting on our world’s climate and living systems. Change needs to happen drastically everywhere. But to start us off, Re-Alliance suggests these three, immediate actions: 1. Let the people experiencing the most drastic change be the ones who help shape your policies and decisions. And pay them to do so. Re-Alliance tries to avoid the term “beneficiaries”, because it is disempowering. It also implies a transactional relationship, with some people ‘benefiting’ from the work, and not contributing. This is a very limiting way of framing complex relationships. There will be people who NGOs work with who experience the harsh effects of climate change, ecological collapse, or other crises, in ways that people in NGO offices (especially in the Global North) do not experience.The people who are experiencing the harshest effects of climate change and other crises also often have the greatest insights into traditional, nature-based solutions that can help us to regenerate social and ecological living systems. Despite this, these people are often left out of the policy meetings, or their voices are only highlighted in a secondary way through reports. Re-Alliance advises that NGOs forefront less-heard and less-visible voices, in a way that is also respectful, always consensual, not tokenistic, and does not bring up trauma for people. Perhaps it should go without saying, though shockingly it is still not always practiced, that people should be paid for their time. How do you start conversations like this? Re-Alliance has a membership of regenerative practitioners from all over the world, many of whom are on the frontlines of devastating ecological breakdown. Our members showcase how regenerative responses can add health to human communities and the environment. You can read about some of our members on our case studies and articles page, and many of our members are available for consultancies. 2. Skill up your organisation’s decision makers in systems thinking and regenerative design. And hold them accountable. The core decision makers in NGOs usually spend the least time on their own learning and development - most probably because they have tight schedules, or they perceive their own continued learning to be a low priority. If organisations have hierarchical structures in place, we must make sure that their leaders have all the tools they need to make policy decisions that create the most health, value and healing for ecological and social systems. Re-Alliance would argue that we need to completely reevaluate our ways of making organisational decisions, using tools and frameworks such as Sociocracy to make decisions more dispersed and efficient. NGO leaders need to become systems thinkers to recognise and unravel the destructive, unintended consequences of our work. Then, NGO leaders must put these regenerative principles into practice, using systemic and nature-inspired solutions to radically update policy. Importantly, we must hold the decision-makers in our organisations accountable. Leaders in aid agencies, for example, might be used to making life or death decisions, but the stakes are only getting higher. Re-Alliance is happy to give your organisation free recommendations of regenerative learning courses that would be right for your needs. We can also create a programme alongside our skilled members at an affordable and scaling fee. Contact us for more information. 3. Don’t be afraid of trying something radically different. In our experience, one large barrier for NGOs uptaking regenerative principles and practices is that they seem very different to embedded and long-used organisational norms. NGOs and aid agencies tend to replicate the same conventional practices again and again, because these practices have board approval, they are seen to be efficient, and they have some level of research showing that they are effective. But often, these conventional approaches are tested in one context and exported around the world, and may not be appropriate or meaningful in other contexts. In many cases, such practices can cause longer term harm in the communities and ecosystems where they are implemented. But what’s the alternative? Regenerative solutions seek to create healthy cycles of abundance using nature-inspired patterns and principles which are tailored, or emerge from, the context where they’re used. This is a new way of thinking to some people, but it’s actually inspired by ancient, tried-and-tested practices. You can see examples of effective regenerative practice on our video page, with many of our members having run long term humanitarian and development interventions in many different contexts. Get in touch with the Re-Alliance team if you would like to discuss how your organisation could transition to becoming more regenerative. If you’re not sure how to start these conversations within your organisation, we will endeavour to help. Our policies and actions must go beyond cutting carbon emissions. Our organisations need to move toward adding social, ecological and economic health and value wherever we operate. It’s what our living planet desperately needs.

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  • What is Regeneration? | Re-Alliance

    What do we mean by Regeneration? Donate Contact us Visit us on social media Re-Alliance seeks to showcase regenerative solutions in the humanitarian and development sectors. But what does 'regeneration' mean? There are many terms that you might have noticed when reading about regenerative movements. Regeneration could be seen as a web of many intersecting movements and knowledge bases, each with their own unique framework for engaging with living systems. Image above: just some of the movements and knowledge systems which could be describes as regenerative. Not an exhaustive list. ​ You may have heard of some of the movements in the image above: Permaculture , Agroecology , Biomimicry and more. Each have their own uniquenesses, teachings, methodologies, and have emerged from different contexts. While each of these movements are unique, what are some shared understandings amongst all of them? When exploring the intersections of these movements and knowledge systems, we might see that many of them include an ethical framework , a set of nature-inspired principles , and a unique worldview . These filter into the way practitioners interact and participate with the world around them - holistically designing their own solutions. A common aim of regenerative movements could be to increase health of ecological, social and/or economic systems. • Ethical Frameworks Regenerative movements tend to have ethical codes at their core, to help guide practitioners. For example, Permaculture has three core ethics : Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Permaculture practitioners must meet these ethics when designing. Some Permaculture practitioners add a fourth ethic: Animal Care. ​ • Underlying Attitudes and Worldviews Regeneration can also challenge dominant worldviews, and offer an alternative. For example, many regenerative practitioners might say that the exploitation of ecological systems can be directly linked to a cultural separation from nature's living systems. Regenerative practitioners might aim to shift these attitudes toward one of collaboration , with an understanding that humans are part of living systems, not separate from them. ​ • Nature-Inspired Principles Principles help to guide regenerative practitioners' actions, giving them a lens from which to view and interact with the world. For example, there are the Ten Elements of Agroecology , or the Principles of Permaculture . ​ • Whole-Systems Design Design could mean the conscious engagement with a system; using a basis of ethics, attitudes and principles to help guide and shape the way we interact. Regenerative practitioners look to create holistic approaches in their interventions. ​ • A Key Goal: Increasing Health A core goal of many regenerative practitioners when they design could be described as increasing the health of the systems they interact with: social systems, ecological systems, even economic systems. ​ ​ Another way of visualising regeneration is on a spectrum or continuum, like that shown below (adapted from Bill Reed's 'Shifting from Sustainability to Regeneration ', 2007) . Sustainability focusses on minimising damage to the environment and human health, and using resources more efficiently to limit the degradation of earth’s natural systems. Regenerative approaches, however, seek to go beyond simply minimising damage, instead reversing the degradation of the planet's living systems and seeking to restore a healthy relationship between humans and other life. Regenerative development encourages us to design human systems that co-evolve with ecological systems to generate mutual benefits and greater expression of life and resilience. A whole-systems, regenerative approach to disaster relief, human settlements and development How could regeneration apply to humanitarian and development contexts? As with many aspects of the dominant culture, humanitarian and development interventions are often designed in a mechanistic or reductionist manner, removing the affected communities from their wider context and systems. Development measures that are not built to withstand crises are the result of short term thinking, as are relief measures that are not connected to improving and developing areas affected by disaster. The recent emergence of the term resilience in the humanitarian world has brought a new perspective to an old idea, and opened space for thinking about a more integrated response. Some of the hurdles lie in the siloed nature of international funding organisations and NGOs and the way they are structured, with different departments and agencies providing external assistance in different ways. ​ How can we shift humanitarian and development interventions away from degrading mindsets of 'aid' and 'security', toward sovereignty? Of course, vulnerable communities subject to conflict or natural disasters may need external assistance during times of crises. The Sphere Guidelines comprise suggested international standards to be used in humanitarian response. They recommend consultation with communities themselves, and consideration of the contexts in which they are living as well as attention to the longer-term environmental impacts and consultation with host communities. A regenerative approach starts with these guidelines but recommends an integrative approach, taking into account all elements of design, environment, shelter solutions, local markets, and a closed loop of reusing resources. Importantly, regenerative solutions must emerge from, and be tailored to, the unique context and culture of the place. ​ When assistance is delivered without proper consultation with communities themselves, consideration of the contexts in which they are living, or acknowledgement and action with the sovereignty and agency of those communities, such assistance can serve to create additional issues. Providing assistance to refugee populations without regard for host communities, bringing in food aid without recognition of local markets and suppliers and providing heavily packaged goods can all lead to additional long term problems on the ground. Recovery from disaster takes time, emergency support often saves time, but both need to be seen as part of a longer term approach that minimises damage to infrastructure and livelihoods and leaves communities more resilient to future shocks. Image above: some nature-inspired principles adapted from multiple regenerative movements. The Sphere Standards, which could be described as 'Sustainable', are in the centre. Regenerative approaches to disaster, displacement and development aim to layer on top of these. ​ Re-Alliance asks the question, how can we use whole-systems design to create long-term resilience and abundance while also responding to immediate humanitarian crises? Alongside our diverse membership , we showcase regenerative designs and solutions in action. ​ Explore some regenerative movements and methodologies using the map below using the zoom in (+) and out (-) buttons on the right. View full screen map See Re-Alliance's Services

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    INCREASED NUTRITION The multifold benefits of organic food production within communities is being increasingly researched. In this report Dr Elizabeth Westaway and Anne Marie Mayer look at 13 Permaculture projects, including YICE and assesses the potential of Permaculture to improve sustainable nutrition Single page showing results from YICE Improved Nutrition Full Report

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    Sustainable Village Resources SVR was set up by Caleb Odondi Omolo to find sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by his community in Rongo, Kenya using permaculture practices. ​ SVR works with orphans, the disabled, refugees and coffee farmers, and in local schools and its five established permaculture demonstration sites. It works on capacity building of agricultural extension officers and farmers in regenerative polyculture food production systems, which require no digging, pesticides, insecticides, weeding or watering. ​ Together with the SLUSH fund in North America and the Permaculture Research Institute in Kenya, SVR have set up a central coffee food forest demonstration site, and a coffee tree nursery with seedlings appropriate for organic production and a processing and storage site. They are now producing and selling delicious organic coffee. ​ Further Links https://www.facebook.com/svrongocoffee/ Caleb Odondi Omolo Career Profile ​

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