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Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. Permaculture aims to create stable productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with the people. The ecological processes of plants, animals, water, weather and nutrient cycles are integrated with the human needs and technologies for food, energy, shelter and infrastructure.

Elements in a system are viewed in relation to other elements, and the outputs of one element become the input of another.

Within permaculture systems, work is minimized, “wastes” becomes resources, productivity and yields increase, and the environment is restored.

What is Sustainability?

"meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (UN Agenda 21) Sustainability is a central part of Permaculture design and systems. It is critical we strive for agriculture that is maintainable, agriculture that doesn't require constant input of time, money and chemicals.

What is the Permaculture Design Process?

The Permaculture Design Process takes into account all elements of environment, people, climate, infrastructure and determines a system that will integrate all these elements into a sustainable, functional system.


Permaculture Action Asia is an non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO ) focussed on Permaculture. We are a non stock corporation registered with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission. Our head office is in Cebu City, Philippines, while our demo sites are located Cebu province wide, and our education, consultancy and reforestation services can be provided to clients around Asia and the Pacific.

Permaculture Action Asia will manage numerous Permaculture demonstration sites (opening 2012) located around Cebu province. Our flagship demo site, Cebu Eco-Culture Club, showcases the 5 zones of Permaculture over 60 hectares in Cebu City, and houses 40 benificiary families as a model eco village. We will provide free Permaculture courses and distribute seeds and plants to low income beneficiaries. This program will initially be around Cebu province, and from 2012, is to spread Philippines wide.


That our living environments / systems are culturally and ecologically sound and economically viable- providing for the needs of every member of society without exploiting or polluting, thereby creating long term sustainable communities.

This is a global vision with local solutions that will start here in Cebu Province- we envision Cebu being a world leader and a model that others can copy- (a) Reforest Cebu province & (b) ensure food security for every Cebuano


1.To be a powerful agent for social change working in harmony with nature towards sustainable, ethical and cooperative society.

2.Through community education and the training of Permaculture teachers / designers, increase peoples’ capacity to care for themselves and their local environment. That every member of society has access to the training and information.

3.To provide scientific & financial research documenting benefits of permaculture- soil and food nutrient content, yields, etc. Provide this information for business, NGO and governments etc worldwide.

4.To be able to provide documented model that can be copied in other provinces/states/countries.

Our aim is to teach Permaculture practices to urban and rural communities. Through community education, and the training of Permaculture teachers and designers, we increase peoples’ capacity to care for both themselves and their local environment.

Local designers become on the ground educators and mentors for future sustainable generations. They will then have the skills to design and implement systems that are culturally and ecologically sound and economically viable. This helps them to provide for their own needs without exploiting or polluting, thereby creating long term sustainable communities.

To train people to create self-sufficient agricultural systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, today, and in the future.


1.a) Host / organize annual Permaculture / Sustainability month/summit/conference
b) Have full time Permaculture teachers teaching all year round, province wide and then nation wide
c) Get Permaculture into the main stream education system

2.a) Oversee implementation and management of demonstration farms to show food systems, livelihood programs, reforestation, earth regeneration, erosion control & tree planting, etc.
b) Establish model eco-village community within at least 1 of the demonstration farms
c) Each demonstration site becomes financially self-sufficient within three years, be self-replicating, and provide local employment

3.a) Establish links/partnerships with Gov Depts eg Agriculture, Tourism, Education, DENR & DSWD
b) Establish an Asian Permaculture Research Institute as the center in Asia for advocacy, research and learning in Permaculture.
c) Establish links/partnerships with universities to carry out long term research and to integrate Permaculture into curriculums of existing subjects and / or develop new subjects
d) Establish links with corporations required to do large scale Permaculture based reforestaton (as opposed to merely tree planting) eg mining companies, energy, etc

5. Document all of the above that it may be easily replicated in other regions


Greg Knibbs www.Edge5.com.au
Jensen Go Chow www.JensenChow.com
Atty Michal Gatchalian www.linkedin.com/in/AttyGatchalian
Kenneth Go Chow
Aaron Mckenzie www.OriginOfEnergy.com
Rizwan Tayabali www.RizwanTayabali.info

CHAIRMAN
GREG KNIBBS

Profile: Greg Knibbs is a dedicated teacher with a passion for Permaculture and the benefits it provides not only to those who ebrace it's concepts but to the entire world. Over the last 25 years Greg has worked in the Environmental field and gained knowledge and experience to offer services in Permaculture, Earth Restoration, Education and Design. Greg Knibbs, is an accredited practitioner with more than 30 years’ experience in horticulture, permaculture design, project management and environmental maintenance at both regional and international levels.

Greg has worked with many international corporations and leading mining companies which have recognised their social and environmental responsibilities to control erosion, design landscaping and remediate land that has been mined. He creates his permaculture designs based on five interconnected zones which together form a complete ecosystem – around the house, food forests/orchards, main crop/aquaculture, timber crops, and wilderness zones.

Greg is registered with the Australian Permaculture Institute, an organisation for which Greg regularly runs accredited courses. He also has ongoing projects with communities, non-government organisations and private companies in the Philippines, West Africa, Cambodia and Australia.

Greg has lived in Philippines for a year and taught 4 Permaculture Design Courses pro bono while living here. He also helped set up the Philippines Permaculture Institute in 1997. Greg also work with tribal groups in the mountains of Mindanao where he lived with them for a short period and taught Permaculture.

REFERENCES

“Greg Knibbs Permaculture course was one of the modules used in the program to assist local communities in the vicinity of the Tampakan copper-gold project in the southern Philippines to increase the effectiveness of their livelihood projects. The course was well received, effective and added value. Greg’s teaching style and willingness to live and work with remote communities gained him great respect. I can recommend his course. ”
Tony Robbins
President
SE Asia (formerly MD) Indophil Resources NL.

“Without Mr. Greg Knibbs, we doubt if permaculture would ever be introduced to Bohol, Philippines. He single-handedly brought this concept to us through his untiring efforts and evangelistic zeal that are very much admirable. He volunteered his services free of charge to teach a Permaculture Design Course made possible by a mutual acquaintance of Mr. Knibbs and Mr. Calos Echavez, the Executive Director of Bol-anon Foundation Inc. Mr. Echavez took upon himself to inform a core group of 27 enthusiasts to a two-day introduction course in Permaculture taught by Mr. Knibbs on April 5-6, 1997, in the capital city of Tagbilaran, Bohol.”
Mequias J. Deliman
President
Permaculture Institute of the Philippines

Trustee

JENSEN GO CHOW
Co-Founder
Executive Director
www.JensenChow.com

Trustee

Attorney MICHAL L. GATCHALIAN
Co-Founder
General Counsel
Corporate Secretary


Joe Gapas - former DENR Director Region 7
Nestor Archival - Former Chair Committee on Environmental Management, Cebu City Council
Joe Soberano – Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Cebu www.CebuLandMasters.com
Roy Lotzof - President, Rotary Club of Cebu
Edward Onglatco - President, Hyundai Cebu, Inc.
Angelico "Cocoy" Jurado - Primary Software Development Corporation www.PrimeSoft.ph
Rizwan Tayabali - www.RizwanTayabali.info
Father Dan de los Angeles www.FrDan.org


CHAPLAIN 
Father Dan de los Angeles - www.FrDan.org

Cebu Eco-Culture Club, Inc.
Emma Ramas
Roy Lotzof
Ricky Dackay
Omar Maxwell Espina

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jensen Go Chow
www.JensenChow.com

Co-founder of Permaculture Action Asia, Inc. Graduate of Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney. Asia Pacific Manager of Edge5 Permaculture, president of Sikatuna Investigation, Security, Detective and Allied Services, one of Cebu's leading security guard agencies, and a licenced Real Estate Broker.

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jennifer Gatal Wright, CPA

Graduate of B.S. Accountancy from University of San Jose-Recoletos. Mrs Wright placed 6th in May 2000 national CPA Board examinations. She started her career as an associate auditor at 1 of the big four, KPMG Laya Mananghaya. She moved on to worked with 2 American BPO firms, Open Finance Network and InfoWeapons Corporation before becoming a professor at La Salle University's Accountancy Department.

GENERAL COUNSEL/CORPORATE SECRETARY
Atty Michal Gatchalian

Co-founder of Permaculture Action Asia, Inc. Graduate of B.S. Management Accounting and Bachelor of Laws from University of San Carlos. Partner of Baril Baril Gatchalian & Associates law firm. A general legal practitioner in civil, criminal, labor, family law litigation and appellate practice; with extensive experience in business registration and corporate housekeeping, tax incentive applications, legal tax minimization strategies and business & property transfer taxation, contracts drafting and review especially on construction, software purchase and licensing, mergers acquisitions and joint ventures, labor standards, labor relations and termination laws.


CONSULTANCY TEAM MANAGER
ARCH Jonel G. Villanueva UAP-RMP

Architecture industry experience ranges from urban planning to interior design, landscape, master planning of projects located in Cebu City and Dipolog City. Second Placer in Architecture Board Exam January 2008. Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of San Carlos - Technological Center. Excellent Cadd/Max 2D and 3D skills, hand drawn sketches and renderings quality graphics and realistic 3D perspectives.

PROGRAM MANAGER
EDUCATION TEAM MANAGER
FORESTRY TEAM MANAGER
Vicente L. Orillo Jr.
Former College of Forestry Instructor, Mindanao State University, Marawi City (5 years)
Forestry and Project Management Services Consultant, Cebu (18 years)
Experience working on a variety of forestry projects from government to World Bank funded activities.


AQUACULTURE CONSULTANT
Kenneth Go Chow

His expertise ranges from cultured pearls to seaweed to breeding of high value fish species for export to Japan and Hong Kong. Broodstock Manager of a Barramundi hatchery in Townsville, Australia. He is involved with aquaculture systems design, construction and maintenance and supervision of staff training, facility planning and building. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture from James Cook University, the leading tropical ocean Aquaculture school in the world and furthered his studies at Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center in Philippines, and has worked in the Aquaculture industry in Indonesia, Philippines and Australia.