Current Projects

Recent retreats, talks workshops

2019

  • Guest lectures: Environmental and Geological Sciences, UCT, Cape
  • President’s Round Table on Land Reform, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Mainstreaming Agro-ecology, pros and cons. Paper, Agro-ecology Conference, Cape Town
  • Micro-climate, relevance for Local adaptive eco-systems Conference, Ecological Technologies Malmo, Sweden
  • Conference: Vision 2030 Baltic Youth Summit, Aland Island, Finland
  • Seminar: Power of the ordinary, resilience and adaptation: University of Lund, Sweden
  • Resilient ecosystems versus micro-enterprise development, Development Alternatives, India

 

2018

  • Guest lectures, Environmental and Geological Sciences, UCT
  • Retreat: Kerollivier, Brittany, France – Regenerative farming
  • Steward in Residence : Little Salmon Biodiversity Centre, Underwood, USA
  • Talk: Jungian Centre, Waterbury, Vermont, USA
  • Donella Meadows Fellows reunion, CobbHill, Vermont, USA
  • Talk: Climate Change and Happiness: Paradox of Bhutan, Portland State University, USA
  • Talk: Bhutan, land of Gross National Happiness and politics of Well-being Jungian Centre,
  • Burlington, Vermont , USA
  • Talk: Living Sustainably, Climate Change and Politics of local food, Centre for
  • Transformational Change, White River Junction, Vermont USA

 

2017 – Collaboration with GreenPop

A new collaboration started in 2017 is an exciting opportunity for School of Practical Sustainability to get engaged in the Southern African context, working with youth groups, and local communities are already happening. A new project in the pipeline is exploring the partnership designing affiliates training and apprentice program jointly run by the School and Greenpop.

 

2015 – 2017 Bhutan

Current project SPS is involved with is the UNDP funded National Adaptation Program for Action –NAPA II in Bhutan. Working through the National Environmental Commission and contracted by the leading national NGO, Tarayana, this project involves working with farmers and local governments to assess the impact of climate change scenario impacting the water issues. The project is designing sustainable local solutions to enable the local farmers to work on changing the land/water use pattern, farming; new ways of water harvesting that can develop locally resilient systems able to adapt to the stresses induced by adverse climatic changes.

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Khenkar meeting community, Bhutan 2015

Some of the cross cutting sectors involved in this work are:

  • Integrated community based water management
  • Local food sovereignty, Local enterprise development
  • Low tech farming and sustainable food production
  • Integrated heath and preventive measures using local food, plant medicines and nutrition
  • Gender inclusion and development at local levels.