THE PERMACULTURE ECO VILLAGE PROJECT

wooden sculptureWe dispose of 9 acres of steep land, facing the amazing Caribbean Sea, with optimal weather conditions all year round and a big potential for community driven tourism and new cultural production.
We are creating an Ecovillage under a Trust to maintain the land united as a whole, and if you wish to have your own natural building you are invited to cooperatively create it!
We plan to build in this way a kind of living “showroom” of self-sufficient homes, merging together traditional building techniques and natural materials with the most updated appropriate technologies.
In doing so, we will be able to offer short or long term accommodation and to create a display of possible solutions to be tested and reproduced elsewhere in order to help Jamaica to build affordable homes with high level energy performances and adequate solutions to climate change challenges.
In planning the Ecovillage and all our activities, we are applying the 3 Permaculture ethics:
1. People care, 2. Earth Care, and 3. Fair share.
And the 12 related principles:
1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable resources.
6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
10.Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
12.Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

wild orchidOur idea is that it is possible to approach community design through permaculture and its applications in personal and social permaculture, since already a lot of realities and organizations are thriving and interconnecting with all the economic, social, juridical and indigenous movements that have brought the world to define the Sustainable Development Goals within Agenda 2030.
At Jamadda we realize that the first 3 of the 5P of Sustainability (People, Planet and Prosperity) as goals are the same of the 3 Ethics in Permaculture, and that thanks to Partnerships finally Peace can be fostered.
To prove this hypothesis, we have been designing a possible prototype based on the empirical and theoretical approach applied in several parts of the world by groups affiliated to the Global Eco-village Network – GEN (www.ecovillage.org) – and taught by Gaia Foundation (www.gaiafoundation.org), so to have a referenced approach. Indeed, the key objective is to test factual strategies to reach the implementation of the SDGs in Jamaica trough the building of an Eco Village and extending the principles to the wider community of the South Coast.

We welcome the concept of making of the Caribbean a “Bioregion” that can work on sustainability as a purpose considering People (Social), Place (Economy), Planet (Ecology) according to a specific Worldview that can be built through public and private international partnerships by sharing visions, purposes and social and technical tools (Figure 1).

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