Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. Depending on their specific circumstances, permaculturists deploy a range of skills that include ecological/environmental design, engineering and construction with integrated water resources and waste management; they use appropriate blends of these skills to develop regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems plus sustainable architecture.

Paulo's Permaculture

Permaculture was at the core of Paulo’s working philosophy. He learnt from an early age about plants, their growth and lifecycles from ‘gardening’ with his mother Jane. An introduction to permaculture came during a six-month stay at the Centre for Alternative Technology in 2000, followed by continuing development through permaculture design courses, teaching and his own projects.

Paulo was engaged with permaculture projects around the world, many carried out with the help of funding from the SLush fund. He was also actively involved in permaculture teaching in countries from Cuba to Jordan. When teaching, he used resources that he copied from established materials and wove into his own narrative. The following files give a sample of reports from Paulo's permaculture projects written by project leaders and also some of his teaching presentation materials.

External Links

The following links give a useful survey of the subject and provide much practical information.

  • The GEN Global Ecovillage Network website contains a multi-lingual Solutions Library under the Resources menu. A huge amount of material is categorised under the four headings - Social, Culture, Economy and Ecology.
  • The Permaculture Association website includes a new initiative called the Knowledge Base that includes a host of Practical Solutions.
  • The Appropedia website includes a Wiki that defines a host of terms relevant to Permaculture.
  • The Tamera Blueprint Project has its own dedicated Coactivate forum space which also includes a wiki containing links to project documents. This forum and its associated wiki can also be used to host your own project within the community of people using this RUG website - contact (subject: RUG) (Ruth Andrade) for details.
  • The Permeis Forum is useful as a general-purpose meeting-place for discussion. It also has a comprehensive wiki that defines a host of relevant terms.
  • Magnus Wolfe Murray’s blog includes a tribute to Paulo (as in Scrapbook 2). There are also in-depth reports on the Tamera Stirling engines, the RECODE projects in Pakistan and water management projects.


LUSH SLush fund Presentation

LUSH SLush fund Presentation


A visit to the Rainforest Ecoversity centre, a permaculture training and demonstration centre in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.

Ghana GPI site visit Nov 2011

Ghana GPI site visit Nov 2011

SLush Peru Rosewood Project

SLush Peru Rosewood Project

GEN Interview LUSH / Ruth Andrade & Paulo Mellett

Paulo and Ruth presentation at the GEN conference

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And finally - a video of the lad
doing what he did best - enjoying himself - see the smile at 57 secs.

Paulo's Permaculture

Water Systems

Paulo first encountered water and waste management systems through his experience in permaculture design courses.

Sustainable Building

Paulo avidly attended courses on the use of straw bales, lime plaster, stabilised adobe and a whole host of other materials and techniques that can

Energy Systems

One system’s waste is another’s raw material. Paulo realised this fact at an early stage in his permaculture development.

Integrated Systems

How can self-sufficient communities go ‘off-grid”? At a physical level, all humans need shelter, food and energy resources.