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  • Building a Garden on the Roof

    < Back Building a Garden on the Roof This picture-led booklet, made in collaboration with GUPAP and Sporos, explores how to grow Permaculture-inspired gardens on the roof, especially designed for communities with limited access to land. Donate to Re-Alliance Stay updated with our newsletter Download for free: English ​ ​ ​ ​

  • videos & webinars | ReAlliance

    Re-Alliance Cinema Play Video Play Video 02:32 What is Re-Alliance? What is Re-Alliance? What do we hope to achieve? These questions and more are explored by some of of the founding members of the Re-Alliance network. Play Video Play Video 06:08 Winnie from YICE Uganda presents Ecosan composting toilets Join Winnie Tushabe, co-founder of YICE Uganda, and Ecosan user Uwizeye Salima, in exploring Ecosans. In the Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda, refugees are given a small plot of land to build a dwelling and farm food on. Re-Alliance's partner organisation YICE Uganda (Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment) is working with families to create kitchen gardens but yields are limited because the soil is poor. Re-Alliance and YICE collaborated to build eight urine diverting dry toilets (or ‘Ecosan’ toilets) for families. By separating the urine and faeces, the volume of composting waste is reduced, extending the capacity of the compost chamber and giving an immediate source of fertiliser in the form of urine, which, when diluted 1:10 - 1:20 with water, is an excellent fertiliser rich in nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Diverting the urine away stops the compost chamber from becoming anaerobic and smelly and the addition of wood ash or saw dust, after using the toilet, acts as a dehydrating cover material. This design used recycled plastic barrels as containers for the faeces, which ensures no ground pollution. Once nearly full, the barrel is moved aside and replaced with a fresh barrel. With the hot composting achieved inside the barrels, compost can be created in under 12 months in the Ugandan climate. The compost is used to enrich the soil around fruiting trees and bushes. Find out more about this design and create your own with our free guides on www.re-alliance.org/publications . Play Video Play Video 30:44 Designing Regenerative Change | Adapting Welcome to Re-Alliance’s Designing Regenerative Change series. Each of these bimonthly sessions focuses on a different stage of regenerative design processes. Grounded in regenerative paradigms and principles, and contextualised with inspiring real world examples from Re-Alliance members and the wider community, you will be guided on steps you can take to bring your regenerative vision to life. The topic of this session is Adaptation. As our contexts are always changing, and as our communities grow and evolve, or if we are faced with disasters or crises, how might we adapt to best meet ever changing needs? Join along with the activity here: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1L2fkfX0dyRz7kKkYT5k5xl136_EgZ-imBGq-QdhdQtA/edit?usp=sharing We are joined by special guest Jehane Akiki, founder of Farms Not Arms, a collective of designers, farmers, strategists, and agriculturalists who have come together to build an integrated, multi-agricultural educational farm model that heals land, health, and community. Farms Not Arms' first farm is in the Beqaa, Lebanon, bringing together refugees and host communities to increase food security, ease climate change, and promote social cohesion. To find out more about re-alliance events, visit re-alliance.org/events. Welcome: (0:00) Introducing Jehane Akiki: (7:15) How do Farms Not Arms integrate adaptive processes?: (12:20) Dispersed decision-making: (15:54) Coming back to your Vision: (18:17) Activity: (24:22) Play Video Play Video 40:54 Designing Regenerative Change | Reflecting Welcome to Re-Alliance’s Designing Regenerative Change series. Each of these bimonthly sessions focuses on a different stage of regenerative design processes. Grounded in regenerative paradigms and principles, and contextualised with inspiring real world examples from Re-Alliance members and the wider community, you will be guided on steps you can take to bring your regenerative vision to life. The topic of this session is Reflection. Once we are in the process of implementation, and we are delivering our regenerative projects, how might we build learning and reflection into the process? How might we be open to the things that go well, and also the things that don't go well that we can learn from? We are joined by special guests Timothy Salomon from the National Land Coalition in the Philippines, as well as Gisele Henriques from CRS. To find out more about re-alliance events, visit re-alliance.org/events. Welcome: (0:00) Introducing Timothy Salomon: (4:05) Making the unseen or less visible, visible: (5:22) Centring wellbeing in the process: (10:00) Welcoming Gisele Henriques: (21:06) An easy reflection tool: (25:12) Case studies and human stories: (27:08) Play Video Play Video 38:46 Designing Regenerative Change | Implementation Welcome to Re-Alliance’s Designing Regenerative Change series. Each of these bimonthly sessions focuses on a different stage of regenerative design processes. Grounded in regenerative paradigms and principles, and contextualised with inspiring real world examples from Re-Alliance members and the wider community, you will be guided on steps you can take to bring your regenerative vision to life. The topic of this session is Implementation. How might we deliver on our vision and our design? How do we still embed regenerative principles in the way we implement? We are joined by special guest Noah Ssempijja, the co-founder of YICE Uganda, who shares some experiences of delivering a project in Nakivale Refugee Settlement. Take part in the activity with this Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1avwlKfZrD2LH4qG228Jdo2nJ0YSDU9y6vJyh69eWPG4/edit?usp=sharing To find out more about re-alliance events, visit re-alliance.org/events. Welcome: (0:00) Introducing Noah and YICE Uganda: (3:06) Adapting to changing and volatile circumstances: (7:36) Integrating regenerative principles in implementation: (21:23) Activity - reflection questions for you and your team: (35:01) Structuring your implementation plans: (36:49) Play Video Play Video 30:32 Designing Regenerative Change | Design for Action Welcome to Re-Alliance’s Designing Regenerative Change series. Each of these bimonthly sessions focuses on a different stage of regenerative design processes. Grounded in regenerative paradigms and principles, and contextualised with inspiring real world examples from Re-Alliance members and the wider community, you will be guided on steps you can take to bring your regenerative vision to life. The topic of this session is Design, the third session in the series. How might we best learn from the Visioning and Mapping stages, to put our ideas and plans 'down to paper'? What could it look like to make formalised plans for the upcoming work? We are joined by two special guests: Arnima Jain from Tarun Bharat Sangh (https://tarunbharatsangh.in/) and Faith Flanigan from Regenerosity (http://www.regenerosity.world). Join along with the design questions activity by making a copy of this Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1NP2m8DqYoiZkHaOgrHja2Cvpoh5esvg5FyEBnemigLM/ To find out more about Re-Alliance events, visit re-alliance.org/events. Introduction: (0:00) Welcoming Arnima Jain: (02:06) A design thinking process: (04:53) Welcoming Faith Flanigan: (14:43) Designing through the lens of Permaculture ethics: (22:19) Designing across scales and cultural zones: (24:55) Play Video Play Video 01:02:00 Designing Regenerative Change | Mapping Welcome to Re-Alliance’s Designing Regenerative Change series. Each of these bimonthly sessions focuses on a different stage of regenerative design processes. Grounded in regenerative paradigms and principles, and contextualised with inspiring real world examples from Re-Alliance members and the wider community, you will be guided on steps you can take to bring your regenerative vision to life. The topic of this session is Mapping Resources, the second session in the series. How might we best work with our communities to help map out the resources we currently have available to us to help achieve our goals? What would it look like to map out the seen and the unseen elements of our Place, and the communities we're working with? We are joined by special guest Sarah Queblatin, founder of Green Releaf in the Philippines, and Living Stories Landscapes Project. Join along with the mapping activity by making a copy of this Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1V5yksyrsAN_jLl8RYrjmuPZOowjNcd3Yha0L_jvFKO0/ To find out more about Re-alliance events, visit re-alliance.org/events. Introduction: (0:00) Welcoming Sarah Queblatin: (08:10) Why is process important?: (08:32) What do we need to map?: (11:39) Experiences of mapping: (23:10) Sarah's advice for mapping processes: (47:48) A mapping exercise: (53:16) Play Video Play Video 50:55 Designing Regenerative Change | Visioning Welcome to Re-Alliance’s Designing Regenerative Change series. Each of these bimonthly sessions focuses on a different stage of regenerative design processes. Grounded in regenerative paradigms and principles, and contextualised with inspiring real world examples from Re-Alliance members and the wider community, you will be guided on steps you can take to bring your regenerative vision to life. The topic of this session is Visioning Possibilities, the first session in the series. Why is it important to start with visioning? How do you go through this process with community? We are joined by special guests Filipa Pimentel from the Transition Network, and Jane Wegesa Fraser from Ecosystem Restoration Camps and Regenerosity. To find out more about re-alliance events, visit re-alliance.org/events. Welcome: (0:00) Why is Visioning important?: (5:58) Filipa Pimentel's story of using Visioning: (8:59) Advice for Visioning: (25:06) Processes for Visioning: (32:58) Practicing Visioning: (37:50) Jane Wegesa Fraser's story: (44:03) Conclusion: (49:34) Play Video Play Video 01:02:10 Re-Alliance Webinar | Regenerative Women of India This session introduces five women from regenerative organisations in India, and explores their work in partnership with Regenerosity and Re-Alliance. We hear from Aparna Bangia and Komal Thakur (Earth4Ever Conservation Foundation), Duhita Ganguly (The Timbaktu Collective), Preeti Virkar (Navdanya) and Arnima Jain (Tarun Bharat Sangh). From agroforestry, to permaculture, to seed sovereignty, to water harvesting, their work showcases a range of locally adapted regenerative solutions to increasingly challenging global problems. Load More

  • Re-Alliance

    Increasing the impact and influence of regenerative responses to disaster, displacement and development Read our publications and booklets Re-Alliance promotes a regenerative vision for the humanitarian and development sectors. We are a coalition of regenerative practitioners, educators, humanitarian and aid workers, and policy makers. From Permaculture in refugee settlements, to eco-building in disaster prone regions, to water harvesting in areas severely affected by worsening climate change, our members showcase how we can create stability, resilience and abundance, even in times of crisis. Watch Re-Alliance Videos What is Re-Alliance? Play Video Winnie from YICE Uganda presents Ecosan composting toilets Play Video Designing Regenerative Change | Adapting Play Video Designing Regenerative Change | Reflecting Play Video Play Video Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied Close Join our membership As part of our network, whether a grassroots practitioner or a member of an international NGO or Aid organisation, you will have access to dynamic knowledge, a vibrant and active community of experts, and a wealth of opportunities for collaboration. Our membership is open to all. The only requirements are an interest, understanding or expertise in regenerative design, experience in the humanitarian or development sectors, and a willingness to comply with our code of conduct and policies. Find out more Read Articles How Can Communities Gain Greater Capacity for Self Recovery? Reflections from the UK Shelter Forum Mary Mellet reflects on Regeneration and Community Involvement in Shelter and Self Recovery Building a Garden on the Roof - Illustrated Guide from Re-Alliance, GUPAP and Sporos Regeneration Institute Dedication The Re-Alliance team would like to share this resource with the following dedication: In solidarity with all the women of Gaza... Toilet Solidarity, Compost Toilets for All Re-Alliance’s Mary Mellet reviews different designs, including the treebog, urine separators and simple container loos. Introducing Gideon Adeyeni, Re-Alliance’s Newest Trustee Pictured left: Gideon at a gathering of young environmentalists in July 2021, where he led a conversation on the need for systems change... Reframing DRR as 'Designing for Resilience and Regeneration' Re-Alliance members illustrate how we can apply regenerative thinking to disaster management The need for a revised approach to DRR... Sign up for our newsletters For inspiring stories from our network of practitioners around the globe, to learning about how to integrate regenerative design into humanitarian and development contexts, sign up to our newsletter below. Sign up We can support you Re-Alliance and our members have hosted several training programmes for humanitarian and development organisations and agencies. We can help you and your organisation to integrate regenerative paradigms and practices into your operation, interventions, and policy. Contact us to arrange a meeting and find out more. Contact us

  • About | Re-Alliance

    About Re-Alliance Re-Alliance is a coalition of field practitioners, policymakers, educators, community leaders and humanitarian and development workers, sharing skills and experience to grow the influence and impact of regenerative development in the humanitarian field. Its work focuses on regenerative development and its response to disaster and displacement. We ask the question, how can we create long-term resilience and abundance while responding to immediate humanitarian crises? Profiled work showcases the restoration and revitalisation of social and ecological systems which integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. ​ Through the solidarity of valuing and elevating the existing regenerative practices of its membership, the alliance seeks to share and develop knowledge and extend awareness beyond the group to stimulate further practice. It aims to increase the expertise of the independent members by sharing learning between researchers and practitioners, and to build a collective voice for cross-sector influence and impact. ​ Re-alliance was registered with the UK Charity Commission as a charity in April 2020 and its charity number is 1188936. History During the 2018 Lush Spring Prize , a group of judges and practitioners facilitating innovative projects identified a desire to unite practitioners across the field of regenerative development and integrated humanitarian response. Talking and researching further, gaps were identified for making this work more effective. The gaps concerned the collection of evidence for this pioneering work; the possibility to influence and give legitimacy to this approach with funders and policy makers and; the capacity for transformation at scale. There are many good examples of effective methods being applied across the globe, which use regenerative approaches to humanitarian and development work but, to date, these have not entered the mainstream. We are committed to taking a coordinated and systematic approach to recording evidence and influencing funders and policy makers that impact large scale humanitarian and development interventions. Groundbreaking practitioners are successfully working in the application of regenerative development in the humanitarian and development fields. As pioneers, they often have limited time to record evidence; have limited resources to scale; and a limited platform to share their innovations. To address these limitations, there is a need for mutual support, learning and collaboration, as well as a need to build the evidence base, unlock funds, and communicate powerful stories of regenerative change. This pioneering work then becomes visible and legitimate both at the grassroots level and within the establishment, which enables the growth of its influence and impact. Our Mission Our mission is to strengthen a coalition of field practitioners, policy makers, educators, community leaders, and development and humanitarian workers, sharing skills and experiences to grow the influence and impact of regenerative development in the humanitarian field. ​ We do this by: ​ - Providing an environment for mutual learning and support amongst those active on the field, - Building a body of evidence and stories to communicate the effectiveness, authenticity and value of regenerative work, - Leveraging support and funding from large relief organisations toward regenerative groups and practices, and, - Focussing on the intersections between disaster and displacement, sustainable and innovative community-led regeneration. ​ Our working principles are: ​ Affected communities first Ensuring that profiled work is of benefit to people experiencing disaster and displacement, the surrounding communities and the natural environment in which the work is being undertaken. We have a small team with lean administration costs, aiming to direct any funds we accumulate toward maximum effectiveness. Integrity Ensuring integrity through use of sociocratric principles which enable robust, defensible and inclusive decision making. Openness, transparency and sharing All of the work we do is promoted openly, in order to grow the legitimacy of regenerative practices. Support Embodying care and support for all those in contact with Re-Alliance.

  • join membership | ReAlliance

    Joining Re-Alliance's Membership Contact us Request to join Re-Alliance is a coalition of field practitioners, policymakers, educators, community leaders, and humanitarian and development workers. Our mission is to advance and showcase regenerative practice across the sectors of humanitarianism and development, particularly in the context of development, disaster and displacement. We work with our members to build an evidence base showcasing regenerative projects, to create mutually beneficial connections, to facilitate peer to peer knowledge sharing as well as influencing larger scale agencies and big, international NGOs (BINGOs). While our website and social media channels share information that is fully open to all, Re-Alliance members have exclusive access to a network of experienced practitioners working on the ground in a variety of capacities, as well as a variety of members-only materials. ​ Become a member of Re-Alliance As part of our network, whether a grassroots practitioner or a policymaker in a BINGO, you will have access to dynamic knowledge, a vibrant and active community of experts and a wealth of opportunities for collaboration. Our membership is open to all, the only requirements are interest and expertise in regenerative design, experience in the humanitarian and/or development sectors, and a willingness to comply with our code of conduct and policies. Member benefits include: The ability to connect with a global network of regenerative specialists Exclusive access to learning opportunities Inclusion of your organisation’s details on our website Exclusive member communications Access to invite-only meetings and webinars The opportunity to host webinars or propose topics Eligibility for members-only funding opportunities Consultancy and collaboration opportunities Having your work featured in our growing evidence base of regenerative design ​ Please note that we are a networking and learning organisation, not a funding organisation. We cannot accept request for funding. ​ Request to join form View membership request form

  • Meli Bees Network

    < Back Meli Bees Network Brazil The Meli Bees Network was started by a new generation of Amazonian leaders who have witnessed first-hand the rapid destruction of their home in the last decades. Acknowledging the need to strengthen the protection and regeneration in the most endangered part of the Amazon, this non profit organisation was founded in 2020. Operating within the Amazonian "Arc of Deforestation", the Meli Bees network operates predominantly with indigenous communities in primary forest environments as well as with smallholders in previously devastated areas. Meli creates bridges between the traditional communities in the Amazon area, researchers and environmentally engaged groups around the globe to deliver thriving cooperation to achieve a large and effective positive impact on the global climate. Meli supports traditional communities in the development of regenerative practices, connecting native beekeeping with regenerative agriculture, environmental education, and knowledge generation to develop new livelihood opportunities. Storytelling activities are an important part of Meli’s process, and have been hugely successful, this in turn has enabled the success of other activities such as the native beekeeping.

  • Re-Alliance Members | Meli Bees Network

    Re-Alliance Members Our diverse membership, spanning every continent around the globe, has organically formed with representatives from over 150 organisations, united by a shared commitment to integrated regenerative responses to development, disaster and displacement. Our membership includes experts from regenerative design fields working within INGOs, Universities, Businesses, small and medium NGOs and self-employed practitioners. ​ Are you a Permaculture or regenerative practitioner, or from a regenerative project, working in humanitarian or development spaces? We'd love to connect with you. Membership to Re-Alliance is free of charge, and you can find out more about becoming a Re-Alliance member here . ​ This list is not a full representation of our membership, so if you would like to find a regenerative practitioner or consultant for a specific project located in a region you can't find, please get in touch . ​ Country Uganda Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment | YICE Working with youth, women and displaced farmers in rural Uganda to restore biodiversity, improve productivity and secure livelihoods. Read More Find out more Brazil Meli Bees Network Inspired by the Meliponini bees, Meli Bees Network aims to create environmentally and economically sustainable activities that allow both land and people to flourish. Read More Find out more UK Applewood Permaculture Centre Founded by Chris Evans and Looby Mcnamara, Applewood is a smallholding and training centre based in the UK. Inspired by the work of the Himalayan Permaculture Centre, it serves as both a place of learning and of demonstration for a global community of trainees. Read More Find out more Uganda Rwamwanja Rural Foundation Rwamwanja Rural Foundation works with refugee and IDP populations in Uganda - combining the principles of permaculture and social entrepreneurship - equipping them with the tools to provide nutritious food for their communities, secure their livelihoods and regenerate degraded ecosystems. Read More Find out more Greece Sporos Regeneration Institute Regenerating the environment, culture and human relations. Read More Find out more Location Organisation Short bio Read More Find out more

  • Food Growing in Camps and Settlements: Collecting, Storing and using Rainfall and Grey water

    < Back Food Growing in Camps and Settlements: Collecting, Storing and using Rainfall and Grey water This practical guide covers approaches to growing food in camps and settlements with limited water. Donate to Re-Alliance Stay updated with our newsletter Download for free: English English (Black & White) ​ ​ ​

  • Our Members | Re-Alliance

    Re-Alliance Members & Partners Contact us Visit us on social media Our diverse membership, spanning every continent around the globe, has organically formed with representatives from over 150 organisations, united by a shared commitment to integrated regenerative responses to development, disaster and displacement. Our membership includes experts from regenerative design fields working within INGOs, Universities, Businesses, small and medium NGOs and self-employed practitioners. Our members include founders, and CEOs of permaculture organisations and green foundations; directors of some of the larger aid or humanitarian NGOs; grassroots organisers; academics and researchers who have spent a lifetime building evidence of alternative, earth responsive solutions in areas of the world most affected by environmental disasters, and displacement. ​ ​ Connect with our members' expertise What would it look like to have regenerative principles embedded in your organisation's work? Our members are available to be hired as consultants, supporting you and your organisation to design and deliver regenerative responses in a wide variety of humanitarian and development contexts. Located on every continent around the globe, our members can support you in implementing locally-led and embedded practice, both minimising the carbon footprint of international travel while also honouring local, more culturally appropriate solutions. Each Re-Alliance member brings unique talents, years of experience, and a connection to a pool of shared expertise in different cultures, continents and contexts, through the Re-Alliance network. ​ Contact us to hear more about how our talented members can support your work. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Become a member Re-Alliance members benefit from a shared learning and collaboration space, connecting to a global network of other regenerative practitioners from the humanitarian and development sectors. Re-Alliance host monthly members meetings or invite-only webinars. We showcase and promote members' excellence through case studies and articles, and by brokering connections between our network of practitioners and organisations interested in regenerative design. ​ Are you a regenerative design practitioner, or from a regenerative project, working in humanitarian or development spaces? We'd love to be in touch. Membership to Re-Alliance is free of charge. ​ Contact us Find out more and request to join Below: Re-Alliance member Bee Rowan, teaching about ecological strawbale building practices in Nepal. Read more about Nepal's first strawbale house here . Partner Organisations Would you like to join our membership, or would you like to find out more about how our members can support your organisation with regenerative design? Find out more below, or contact us here . Find out more and request to join Partner Members

  • Ecosans: Toilets in a Barrel

    < Back Ecosans: Toilets in a Barrel This illustrated guide explores how to build and maintain a urine-diversion composting toilet called an Ecosan, which captures nutrient-rich urine for plant fertiliser, and human manure for use in farming. Donate to Re-Alliance Stay updated with our newsletter Download for free: English ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Sporos Regeneration Institute

    < Back Sporos Regeneration Institute Greece The Sporos Regeneration Institute exists to support the regeneration of the environment, of culture and of human relations. Based on the island of Lesvos in Greece, it began life as a vehicle for reconnecting children to the natural world, nourished by a deep sense of responsibility for future generations and a belief that it is in children that “our planet’s only hope” lies. With time, Sporos evolved into a place of learning and community, delivering training on permaculture design, regenerative farming, organic gardening and natural building. Its Garden of Friends serves as a space for community building between local and refugee populations, allowing them to come together to restore the land and their relationships. The Forest School remains a core part of Sporos’ work, whilst its EcoHub enables asylum-seeker communities to grow in resilience through nature connection and environmental stewardship. Though Sporos celebrates the educational value of its work, present throughout is a clear intention to tend to the human relationships on the island, seeing connection to and care for the land as a medium for healing divides between local and refugee communities. Sporos’ expertise and knowledge span a number of areas which could greatly serve humanitarian and development actors seeking to integrate regenerative practice into their work. In particular, the Institute has vast experience in creating curriculum for educational activities which cross linguistic and cultural divides, as well offering design and training on permaculture, including permaculture for refugees.

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