Regenerative Systemic Solutions
Effective collaboration & science-based holistic design allows us to manage complex living systems
“A sustainable human community is designed in such a manner that its ways of life, technologies, and social institutions honor, support, and cooperate with nature’s inherent ability to sustain life.” FRITJOF CAPRA
For practice to be informed by science is critical in the growing turbulence of the world we live in
Sustainable development requires R&D to better understand interrelated challenges, as well as practical innovations to co-develop integrated solutions. Hence, an interdisciplinary collaboration is needed among diverse actors such as scientists, farmers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and policy makers.
Edhen therefore puts a special emphasis on facilitating collaboration. Both for collaboration related to managing projects, as well as for advancing collaboration at the farm scale.
There are indeed numerous whole-system-design approaches, following land-use principles designed to mimic nature. Benefits of these practices include richer soil, healthier water systems, increased biodiversity, climate change resilience, healthier lives and communities.
Next, we describe some of the methods and principles we apply, without advocating for any particular definition. They provide the basis for our holistic framework, to co-develop locally adapted solutions.
In which category to place AGROFORESTRY?
We argue that agroforestry needs to play a greater role in addressing our current environmental and agricultural challenges. Agroforestry design is also one of our key expertise and service. Hence, it deserves a chapter for itself.
Various approaches towards Holistic Evaluation, Design & Management