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IPC-UK 2015 International Permaculture Convergence

Welcome to the first beginnings of IPC-UK!

We are delighted that the Permaculture Association will be hosting the 12th International Permaculture Convergence.

We are counting down and preparing for our biggest ever event – in fact many events – in September 2015. We have just attended the last IPC held in Cuba, and learnt a lot of valuable lessons and made some great connections.

IPC-UK will be a collaborative effort of the whole international permaculture network. We are aiming to use the event to make closer links with the many other wonderful organisations and networks that are also working for Earth Care, People Care and Fair Shares!

The plans so far… get the dates in your diaries, and register your interest.

August 2015 onwards: IPC-UK edge events start. 
Workshops, lectures, visits and tours, local volunteer experiences, masterclasses. We will have some of the world’s most experienced permaculture designers and project leaders. Lets learn as much as we can from them. We’re looking for individuals and groups to help organise ipc-uk edge events. We will be publishing a guide to how you can offer an official IPC-UK edge event soon.

September 8th – 9th 2015: IPC-UK conference, London. 
A 2 day conference bringing together permaculture, sustainability, transition, resilience, and regeneration networks. Presentations, workshops, stall, exhibitions, academic papers and posters. Our public event. Awesome.

September 11th – 15th 2015: IPC-UK convergence,venue tbc
A 5 day convergence for Design Course graduates. 100s of workshops, activities, open space, international organising, strategy, networking and dancing.

September  16th – 19th onwards: ipc-edge events continue.
Tours, volunteering, local network experience stays, specialist courses. Again, organised by you and supported by us.

Want to get involved and help organise? Email us to let us know if you want to volunteer. If you have particular skills tell us what they are. Email us if you want to organise an ipc-uk edge event, and we will send you a guide as soon as we have one.

Fundraising and sponsorship 
We are looking for grants, donations and sponsors so that we can make the event as affordable as possible for people from across the international permaculture network. We also want to raise funds so we can provide scholarships. 50% of any surplus generated by the events will be passed on to ipc-India, whose IPC in 2017 will have the focus of ‘women in agriculture’.

Lets be creative and raise some funds.

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IPC 11 CUBA – The Conference

The International Permaculture Conference

The International Permaculture Conference was giving Cuba a highlight with its 11th meeting. Habana Libre Hotel in Havana was buzzing with all the permaculturalists from 64 different countries hugging, laughing, refinding each other after years or making new connections.

 

The Gala Dinner was our first meeting in a beautiful “club” in the Vedado neighbourhood of Havana with a great porch to hang out on with a drink and new and old connections to encounter. A shower of rain did little to disturb the high spirit of the dinner. Cuban music was played loud and rum was put on our tables and so the party started.

 

Spot a few known faces from The Conference in this short video (Presentations will be available later).

 

First day of the convergence was about “Permaculture on islands”:

• The official opening was done by Liliana Nunez Velis who is the president of the Antonio Nunuez Jimenz Foundation for Nature and Humanity.

• Roberto Perez followed the opening getting into the flesh of insular permaculture, using his own nation Cuba as the shining example.

• From Europe’s British Isles Andy Goldring presented permaculture in the UK emphasising some of the intricate workings and organisation of the Permaculture Association.

• Trish Allen told a compelling story about permaculture providing appropriate response to the recent earthquakes in New Zealand where she is active in the Permaculture Association.

• Hawaii was represented by Hunter Heaivilin, talking mainly about the Permablitz Movement, Urban Food growing and Urban Forestry in vacant spaces in Honolulu engaging local organisations, tropical food security and translating this into creating urban communities that can create food security working at different spatial and temporal scales.

• Our own Helder Valente from Portugal talked about the New Permaculture School and about Macaronesia, maybe better known as the Canary Islands.

 

Second Day was about “Permaculture and climate change”:

• Carmen Cabrera from Cuba highlighted the interconnectedness of communities, permaculture and climate change on her subtropical island,

• Specialist in eco-villages Albert Bates from USA talked about their response to climate change and a lot about charcoal,

• Australian Robyn Francis talked about permaculture solutions to the challenges of climate change,

• Low-energy greenhouses and diversity of systems was US citizen Jerome Osentowski’s solution to ease the effects of climate change,

• Robin Clayfield from Australia did a workshop and got us all into groups to harvest our experiences and opinions about how to use permaculture principles to reverse climate change,

• From Denmark, Tony Anderson talked about “The Strategy of Ten Thousand Trees” meaning that if politicians and people wholeheartedly went all in for a global strategy to plant this many trees per person in a lifetime, we could change the climate effects away from disaster and towards regeneration.

 

The third day’s theme was “Urban permaculture and liveable cities”:

• Permaculture in human settlements in Cuba was presented by Maria Caridad Cruz,

• Marisha Auerbach and April Samson-Kelly talked about the Urban Permaculture Movement in Portland, Oregon, US, including super inspiring stories from ‘City Repair’

• Tierra Martinez from Argentina highlighted experiences of Urban permaculture in different climates, ecosystems and cultures in South America and was a strong advocate for South American permaculture,

• Stuart Muir Wilson introduced the concept of Permatectura (permacultural architecture) and talked about improving the criteria of United Nations Program for Development (UNDP) with permaculture,

• Darren Dougherty also presented his latest work developing international regenerative agriculture techniques and networks, introducing us to his new brand (and forthcoming book) – ‘Regrarianism’.