Dryland Permaculture is the application of Permaculture design in climatic regions of the world where mean annual evaporation exceeds mean annual rainfall. Short seasonal and sporadic rainfall events between periods of drought, limit water availability and biological fertility. Soils are typically low in organic matter and vulnerable to salinisation and degradation.
Dryland regions cover over a third of the world's land surface and home to over 2 billion people, mostly in developing countries. As growing populations seek to meet their daily needs and desired improvement in livelihood, drylands are being placed under increasing pressure. These include over use of limited water sources, salinity, habitat loss and 'desertification'.
We have learnt from our experience in Africa, the Middle East and Australia how Permaculture can prevent and remediate these adverse impacts, creating a hopeful future for the drylands.
Many of these lessons, such as harvesting water and creating guilds of productive plants are demonstrated on our property. This enables us to disseminate our knowledge of Permaculture through guided tours, workshops and work exchange stays.