Permaculture resources

P4R continues to disseminate permaculture knowledge widely, and to not only teach displaced people but to develop the model where those taught can teach others in camps and local organisations.

We have started collating links to accessible and free permaculture resources and will keep expanding this list. We aim to gather more resources and to translate them into refugee languages so they can be accessed by more people, and not only English speakers.

Permaculture resources (English)

Essence of Permaculture (PDF) provides an accessible introduction to permaculture concepts and principles. 

A summary of permaculture concept and principles taken from Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren in 16 languages.

Permaculture ethics and principles, posters and booklets in English and 11 other languages.

Re-Alliance publications – Food Growing in Camps and Settlements: Collecting, Storing and using Rainfall and Grey water

Permaculture: A beginner’s guide, by Graham Burnett

Permaculture Institute‘s Permaculture Design Course curriculum as well as new learning resources being developed by the Permaculture Institute’s Delvin Solkinson.

Afristar has developed a set of Educational A2 poster resources to be used to educate children, the youth and communities around South Africa on specific aspects of sustainable livelihoods, food production, greening and land care.

Rainwater harvesting for drylands and beyond, by Brad Lancaster.

Permaculture plants, by Red Planet Plants

Plants for the future, database providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, as an integral part of designs involving high species diversity and permaculture principles. 

Tropical Permaculture Guidebooks, by Permatil

Emergency Gardens for the Middle East, By Rosemary Morrow and Eunice Neves

Decolonizing Permaculture with Principle 0, by Sarah Queblatin.

Seed to Seed: Food Gardens in Schools, by Jude Fanton and Jo Immig, illustrated by Liz Elliot

The Organic Seed Alliance have developed a comprehensive guide to seed saving, which outlines the basic knowledge needed for seed production, relevant to farmers and home gardeners alike.

Overview of crop characteristics for vegetable seed production, by the Gaia Foundation.

Food Plants International website – world’s largest database of edible food plants, containing useful information on over 30,000 food plants. 

Permaculture Design for Mobilised Populations, Dissertation by Jemima Presland.

Permaculture resources (Arabic)

A brief introduction to soil, translated by Sundus Alsaqqaf (1.59)

The Family Seed Saving Book by Rosemary Morrow.

SOILS Permaculture Association Lebanon – Gardening with Grey and Rain Water in Refugee Camps and An Illustrated Guide for Vegetable Micro-Gardens in Refugee Camps

Permaculture resources (Bengali & Rohingya)

Permaculture brochures for Rohingya refuges in Bangladesh by Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD)

Permaculture resources (Bahasa Indonesia)

IDEP has developed a wide range of public education and self help resources related to Permaculture, which covers many aspects of sustainable community development and lifestyles. To order their permaculture books and facilitator’s guides, go to their website. Or check their free downloads below, which are also available in English.

Teaching resources

References for teachers of refugees in different languages 

Mainstreaming climate change action in Palestine is essential including reaching the next generation with tailored/well researched methods. For example a series of short animated videos on areas were based on our earlier posters and educational programs as a collaboration between and Zoe Environment Network, Geneva:

General on Climate Change En

Energy and transportation En

Agriculture EN

Biodiversity En

Waste & Chemicals EN

Geography EN

Other resources

Sketchup plants, trees and shrubs archive, One Community – This page was created by a botanist with decades of experience who reviewed over 500 Sketchup plant models (every one we could find) and chose the best of the best from what was available.

Everyday stories of climate change, by Rethinking Disasters – In this comic, you will travel to five countries and explore the everyday ways that low-income families experience climate change.

Global Health Media Project has created a number of short videos on multiple health topics in different languages. Just make sure you change the language option at the top of the menu.

International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM) – Networking Resources. Research on forced migration is not limited to certain contexts but takes place worldwide and is accompanied by networks to bring scholars together. The following list includes national, regional and global research networks revolving around forced migration worldwide. 

Healthcare for refugees – this articles is about refugees from Ukraine and is a very informative for people who are working with refugees, drawing the distinctions among different types of refugees and the needs for different health treatments.

Films to introduce permaculture

Decolonizing permaculture with principle zero: A conversation with Rowe Morrow and Sarah Queblatin (12.37)

Global Gardener – Permaculture with Bill Mollison (intro clip, 3:25)

What is permaculture? Why permaculture is important in an increasingly complex world with Michael Pilarski (6:20)

Green Gold – documentary on rehabilitation of large-scale damaged ecosystems. Environmental filmmaker John D. Liu (47:30)

Seeds of Permaculture – permaculture and climate change (88:00)

Soils Permaculture Association Lebanon with Rita Khawand (In French with English subtitles 2:250

DRC Resilience Design for Infrastructure, Danish Refugee Council

DRC Restoring the Colline, Danish Refugee Council

Spring Recharge, Danish Refugee Council

Agroecosystem Restoration, Danish Refugee Council

Restoring Water, Restoring Hope, with Natalie Topa

Sponge Village of Atego (download primer), FSN Network

Sponge Village of Atego (video webinar), FSN Network

Permaculture Systems in Dadaab Refugee Camp, with Natalie Topa, Danish Refugee Council