Organisation listings

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Title Description County Country
Herbaculture CIC

 

United Kingdom
Hockerton Housing Project

Hockerton Housing Project is a community business and a self-sufficient co-housing development. Our mission is to, by practical example, act as a catalyst for change towards ecologically sound and sustainable ways of living.

We run a not-for-profit co-operative which hosts tours and courses for all ages, and provides consultancy services to help others deliver sustainability in their home, community or workplace.

Our earth-sheltered homes are built with high thermal mass and high levels of insulation to eliminate the need for heating systems. Residents of the five houses generate their own clean energy to meet their remaining energy needs. We also grow most of their own food, harvest our own water and recycle waste materials.

Aerial Video

One of our residents, Bill Bolton operates an aerial video and photgraphy company, BuzzPix and has taken to the skies with his helicam to shoot the homes from a different perspective, a perfect way to showcase our unique eco houses and supporting renewable systems in their beautiful surroundings.

United Kingdom
Incredible Edible Todmorden

Town wide self sufficiency project

WEY United Kingdom
International Analog Forestry Network

About the International Analog Forestry Network

Vision: The restoration of the life support systems of the planet through improved economic opportunities for rural populations.

Mission: promote the application and appreciation of the techniques of analog forestry as a critical component of a new rural development paradigm.

 

The planet’s life support systems are threatened by deforestation, monoculture plantations, landgrabs, and the degradation of forest ecosystems, all of which can be seen as opportunities for restoration.

We work to restore the productivity of degraded lands and provide new sources of income and food for local populations. We collaborate with small farmers and indigenous communities in developing countries to maintain and restore their forests and improve their income and subsistence.

What do we do?

The activities of the Network consist of four main programs.

Capacity building: through our network of trainers, we cooperate with local farmers’ groups, agricultural and forestry technicians, and political decision-makers. Our trainings are based on the theory and practice of analog forestry for sustainable community development. 

Demonstration sites: these act as the seeds of restoration, as they give an example of analog forestry in a local context.

Certification: we work with the production standard for Forest Garden Products, which allows sustainable forest products to reach a value=added market. We also work with local networks devoted to participatory guarantee systems.

Knowledge management: the experiences of our network partners is a valuable resource, and one of the roles IAFN plays is to share these experiences, lessons learned, and research from around the world.

Who do we work with?

We work with a network of partners from around the world.
IAFN partners include NGOs, private enterprises, government entities, farmers and farmer groups, researchers and academic institutions. The network is enriched with the experience that all of these groups bring to the table, which contribute to the analog forestry global community of practice.

How can I join?

To join IAFN, or to learn more about us, please contact the IAFN Secretariat by e-mail at info@analogforestry.org, or by phone at +(506) 2248-4500.

International Resource Centre (IRC)

At IRC, we believe that turning on a working tap should not be a surprise or cause for celebration. We believe in a world where water, sanitation and hygiene services are fundamental utilities that everyone is able to take for granted. For good.

We face a complex challenge. Every year, thousands of projects within and beyond the WASH sector fail – the result of short-term targets and interventions, at the cost of long-term service solutions.

This leaves around a third of the world's poorest people without access to the most basic of human rights, and leads directly to economic, social and health problems on a global scale. IRC exists to continually challenge and shape the established practices of the WASH sector.

Through collaboration and the active application of our expertise, we work with governments, service providers and international organisations to deliver systems and services that are truly built to last.

Our mission – how we achieve our vision

We work with people in the poorest communities in the world, with local and national governments, and with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to help them develop water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services that last not for years, but forever. We identify the barriers to making this happen and we tackle them. We help people to make the change from short-term interventions to long-term services that will transform their lives and their futures.

We do this by:

  • uncovering the problems people face in maintaining WASH services in the communities that need them most;
  • helping those who plan and provide services to adapt and change the way they think and work, creating learning communities that go on to develop credible, affordable and long-term services;
  • putting ideas and knowledge into practice through innovative action research that helps people make better use of money and time and increases their awareness of what’s needed;
  • advocating and sharing expertise, experience and insights with all those who can make change happen;
  • influencing policies and practices that affect those people whose lives and futures are threatened by unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

 Our goals – what we want to achieve

We have one overarching goal: safe and sustainable WASH services for all by 2025.

During 2012-2016 we’ll work with international partners and in selected focus countries and regions, to make sure that safe water, sanitation and hygiene is better managed and governed, and made to last.

By 2016, those at the forefront of the WASH sector will be:

  • developing long-term services – short-term, unsustainable projects will become a thing of the past;
  • learning, adapting, and openly sharing knowledge, data, experience and tools;
  • open about and accountable for their individual and collective successes and failures.

By 2016, governments will:

Set frameworks for delivery of WASH services that have been agreed nationally and regionally, and use proven and effective financial, management and technical models.

By 2016, organisations and agencies that fund, regulate and deliver WASH services will:

  • use these frameworks to shape their work;
  • set post-Millennium Development goals in terms of levels and quality of service, not just numbers of communities or projects;
  • make more effective use of their time and money.

By 2016, WASH services will be everyone’s business, because this work is too important to be left to one sector alone:

  • the WASH sector will be working with a wider range of partners, from government education, health and finance departments to the private sector; NGOs to individual communities.

By 2016, there will be fewer failed water, sanitation and hygiene projects, more people able to drink safely and practice good hygiene, and more families and communities able to survive and live their lives fully.

Our values and principles – what we believe in and how this affects our work

We believe in human rights: access to safe, sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene is a human right for everyone, not a privilege. We’re committed to helping those who are poor and excluded from basic services to achieve that right.

We listen, learn and share: we don’t have all the answers and we are open to new ideas and different ways of thinking. Our partnerships – with donors, governments, sector specialists, NGOs and communities – are based on listening, learning and sharing; openness and respect; consensus and agreements; and mutual ownership of solutions.

We work with integrity, honesty and transparency: we do not shy away from the truth and are open and honest with ourselves, and the people we work with. We stand up for greater transparency in sharing knowledge and information.

We believe in local autonomy and accountability: decisions need to be taken as close as possible to those they will affect. Those with community or regional responsibilities must have the freedom and means to take action, and also be held accountable.

We are professional in purpose and in action: we see ourselves as a professional body, both in supporting and developing our sector and in our own drive for excellence.

We live and work by these values and principles, and encourage our partners in communities, governments and NGOs to do so too.

Karuna LAND Project Centre

Karuna is an official LAND centre.

Lagan Valley permaculture

Lagan Valley Permaculture hosts introductory permaculture courses, 1 day classes and talks, promoting the ethics of permaculture.
Located 12 miles south of belfast ,on a forest farm,we network with community groups, ecology organisations and allotments. Philip Allen Lagan Valley Permaculture 39 Lough road Lisburn bt276ts N.Iieland. 07766917386 email ecoworrierphil@gmail.com .

Ireland
Leeds Permaculture Network

The Leeds Permaculture Network is a group of people interested in learning about and using permaculture to transform our local environment and living spaces.

The LPN:

* Supports local permaculture projects through promoting events and organising activity days;
* Holds monthly gatherings open to all on the last Tuesday of every month (except August and December);
* Provides a contact point for people wanting to get involved in Leeds;
* Promotes education and courses, both through the LPN's own events and those of the Yorkshire Teachers' Network.

You can get involved by:

* Signing up to the LPN email list via our website;
* Registering on our website (www.leedspermaculturenetwork.org), enabling you to post details of your own projects, photos, videos and articles;
* Coming along to one of the Tuesday gatherings;
* Helping out at an existing project, or any other volunteer day or activity day.

There is no joining fee and no official membership; we are a network, and everyone is welcome to participate.

WEY United Kingdom
Love Food Hate Waste UK

About us

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste and help us take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.

Love Food Hate Waste is brought to you by WRAP, a registered charity (no. 1159512) and a company limited by guarantee 

We work with a wide range of partners, from community organisations, chefs, UK Governments, UK businesses, trade bodies and local authorities through to individuals looking for practical advice. We always aim to work together with others to achieve the best results.

Any recipes we feature from commercial organisations or chefs have not been paid for, but have been kindly donated by the recipe author. If you’re interested in donating recipes to LFHW please contact us – we’d love to hear from you.

Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI)

Lowimpact.org is a non-profit organisation – a network of great people and organisations providing information, training, products & services to help you live more sustainably. You’ll gain skills, meet new people, save money and have fun too.

 

What we do

 

We collaborate with specialists in technical, philosophical and financial topics, and make the results accessible to the general public. We aim to help as many people as possible to live more sustainably and to reduce their reliance on the corporate sector. We:

  • offer information, training, products & services in 200+ topics (see below);
  • blog regularly, on both practical and philosophical subjects;
  • network small businesses offering courses, products & services in our topics (join here);
  • help people move their money to support the sustainable, non-corporate sector;
  • offer free franchises for Lowimpact.org in other countries (like Low-impact Australia).

For each topic we provide (or aim to provide – we’re getting there):

factsheet An introduction to the topic, after which we hope you’ll have a bit more of a feel for what it’s about, and be in a better position to know if it might be for you or not.
print A printable introduction, free to download, print, distribute and use in any way you like.
factsheet More in-depth resources on the topic: articles, images and videos of as many aspects and details of the topic as possible, including techniques, legislation, planning requirements, grants, sources of help, useful data, tips etc.
gallery A gallery of inspirational photographs.
books All books in print on the topic: we sell books via Alibris, a platform for independent booksellers. Many books are second-hand and extremely good value. We’ve also dropped in quite a few freebies.
magazines Magazine subscriptions: we’ve rooted around and found the best magazines available for each topic.
courses A directory of courses, ranging from a couple of hours to weekends or longer, provided by our network partners.
online-courses A directory of online / distance learning courses – our own and our partners’.
discussion Advice from specialists: if you have a query on any of our topics, put it into the comment box at the bottom, and we’ll get specialist network partners to answer it for you.
directory A directory of independent businesses providing products and/or services in the topic, including food, raw materials, manufactured products, crafts, building, installations, consultancy and coaching.
blog Blog articles written by ourselves and our partners – covering practical topics as well as environment, land, society, economics and philosophy. We welcome your comments.
link Our favourite links to other useful online sources of information. We don’t add commercial links and we don’t exchange links.
business Information on starting a business in the topic in question.

We also publish books.