Research study on Usefulness of Permaculture Principles as a tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

My name is Flavia Cardenas and I am a sustainability science expert, new to the world of permaculture. Currently, I am working as a volunteer with the German NGO SONED e.V (Southern Networks for Environment and Development) in Berlin, and Joel Campe from the (in Germany) thought the Permaculture Association Britain could help me.

With SONED, I am looking to develop a document showing the usefulness of the permaculture principles as a tool to achieve the Sustainable development goals (SDGs).

I have been doing some research on permaculture and I find the approach of regenerate not just sustain very interesting. However, because I am new to the subject, I have a couple of questions that I would very much appreciate your responses to:

1.1 How do practitioners measure when a project is a permaculture project and not just agroecology or a sustainable practice?
I found a lot of sustainable projects that consider themselves to be following the permaculture principles, but at the end of the day, while the project is improving people’s lives, they do not improve the current conditions of the ecosystem.
1.2 Is it a MUST for a permaculture project to actually regenerate any of the ecosystem services?
1.3 Must one improve the conditions of the land (soil, water, biodiversity) to do permaculture? or this is just a "plus", and caring for people while doing some good for the earth and getting some extra shares are enough?

2.1 For it to be a permaculture project, must there be someone involved in the project with a "permaculture design certificate"?
2.2 Is this enough to be a permaculture project?

I believe thinking sustainable (aiming to just maintain) in the long run is a short term solution, that’s why the aim of permaculture of getting as much profit as possible (environmental, social, economic) from an initial design makes me very interested in permaculture for achieving the SDGs.

I hope you can help and I am very interested in learning more.

Here is my contact information:

email: [email protected]
phone: (+49)1721395719

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