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The updated international edition of the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook will enable more people across the developing world to lay down some sustainable roots, build knowledge and food security.

It is a practical reference guide for implementing permaculture techniques that are specific to tropical climates. It is a gift of ‘permaculture knowledge’ from Timor Leste to the region.

  • A complete permaculture guide for anyone to read and apply
  • Enables sustainable food production and food sovereignty
  • Facilitates climate resilience, and environmental regeneration
  • Empowers communities and secures livelihoods
  • 18 easy to follow chapters, 900+ pages with over 2000 detailed illustrations
  • More chapters will be added as they become available.
  • The original guidebook is still available to download in English or Tetun here

The original guidebook was produced by Permatil, a well respected Timor-Leste NGO and first published in 2006. It was updated in 2008 and has since had three re-prints.

An extensive review, restructure and rewrite of the original guidebook has been undertaken by the original creators and renowned permaculture experts; new techniques and new illustrations added and the design layout remodelled.

The new layout is divided into three Volumes, when complete each Volume will contain six chapters, an introduction, glossary and reference section.

  • Volume 1: Permaculture and people
  • Volume 2: House and garden
  • Volume 3: Regenerative agriculture

The new international edition retains the core ethos and inclusive style of the original book and the information can be used by anyone, no matter their wealth, status or situation.

It will be available complete online and in hardcopy in 2018, first in English, with other language versions to follow.

Chapters of the guidebook are now available to download below, and are free for those who cannot afford to pay.

If you can afford to pay, please contribute what you consider appropriate to the guidebook’s ongoing production.

These contributions are vital for us to finish the English version, translate the guidebook into other languages, and disseminate the guidebook to those who need it most.

Be part of our project, be part of the change. Thanks!

The Tropical Permaculture Guidebook – A Gift from Timor-Leste International Edition 2017

Volume 1: Permaculture and people– current chapters available for download

Volume 2: House and garden– current chapters available for download

Volume 3: Regenerative agriculture– current chapters available for download

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