Tropical Leaves


Hinführung (Teaser) Permadiversity? (ODER Permadiversität?)


Jens Hauck
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David Diatta
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Mark Damon Harvey
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Miguel Jessen
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Jill Wagner
Chief Forestry Officer

Frieda Kretschman
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Amdi Kretschman
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Claudia Aihende
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Djoutala Seydi
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Miriam Siragusa
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Permaculture, Backstopping and Sourcing


Permadiversität beschreibt meinen gemeinschaftbildenden Ansatz in der Realisation essbarer Landschaften, permakultur-inspirierter Heilpflanzen- sowie Selbstversorgungs-Gartenprojekten in Kabajo und Batocounko in der Casamance, Senegal und in Zürich, Schweiz. Hier kommen auch Elemente von Mindfulness und intersektionalen Interventionen zum Tragen.

Permadiversity started with permaculture around 10 years ago. I was very much interested in organic gardening and stumbled upon a permaculture as a all-encompassing approach that brought plant and animal ecologies into a harmonic relationship with human systems. I found the aspect of sourcing particularly relevant to my own view of things.

My experience in development cooperation was an inspiration. I had had a chance to observe the so-called backstopping operations behind the Banda Ache Tsunami. Backstopping describes how, for example, building specialists use their knowledge of local materials, proximity and accessibility to them to draft feasible architectures.

As a result, I became somewhat obsessed with the first assumption that whatever I need to keep gardens working, must be available for free somewhere, that is, often considered to be waste. 

The second assumption that I made was that I hadn't found it, I wasn't looking in the right places or it was too early to tackle that part of the project. Although, I can lose sight of this credo in my enthusiasm, it has proven to be a useful approach time and time again.


Although Bill Mollison, who was considered to be the father of permaculture insistently promoted the importance of culturally indigenous knowledge production and socially integrated (intentional communities), much of this fell by the wayside. Again, this also became obvious in my contacts with organizations that were active in development cooperation. The staffing in the donor countries was almost entirely monocultural and devoid of representatives from the countries that were being advised. By using the word permadiversity I affirm the orginal concepts of polycultures regarding plants, animals and humans. The Garden Spiral above used biomass that would have be other burned in combination with locally sourced fish waste, creating an aeroponic structure for a wide variety of food-bearing plants.