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|Highbury Orchard Community CIC||
We are a community interest company set up to reconnect people and land by caring for both. Our piece of land is adjacent to a city park - our permaculture project is in the early stages. We have the makings of a Forest Garden orchard, and have started running an outdoor learning programme for children and their families.
|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.
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.
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.
|Incredible Edible Todmorden||
Town wide self sufficiency project
|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.
How can I join?
To join IAFN, or to learn more about us, please contact the IAFN Secretariat by e-mail at [email protected], 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:
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:
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:
By 2016, WASH services will be everyone’s business, because this work is too important to be left to one sector alone:
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.
|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.
* Supports local permaculture projects through promoting events and organising activity days;
You can get involved by:
* Signing up to the LPN email list via our website;
There is no joining fee and no official membership; we are a network, and everyone is welcome to participate.
|Leeds Urban Harvest||Leeds Urban Harvest started in 2009 as a grassroots group collecting and foraging fruit from Leeds gardens and public spaces. They built up a bank of fruit picking and processing equipment and started lending it out to community groups to do their own picking and processing. They believe that the more fruit that gets harvested and used the better!|