Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

Thailand – Permaculture Design In Pai

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010


The Permaculture Design In Pai project is a co-operative of local and multi-national community members developing a 5.5 acre agricultural property along Pai River. The land belongs to Buti, an akha tribe woman and her family who have been working the land with their own traditional permacultural practices. Members of the farm grow nuts, incense and hardwood trees, among others.

At present, the farm harvests sugar cane and sells it at its own store. There are future plans to do many more cottage industries. The co-operative community at Pai also plans to build a bio-gas digester, plant 400 peak trees and create alcohol fuel from fermentable harvest surplus.

More work is being done on:

1. An organic garden (Ethnobotanical)

2. Water filtration (groundwater)

3. Ram pump system installation and hydro-generator set-up

4. Water system (Key Line). 6 ponds (each with it’s own ecosystem), aquaculture

5. Silk production from mulberry trees (organic)

6. A new solar greenhouse

7. Sustainable building materials and methods, mainly bamboo

8. Sustainable wood lots

Project Needs

The farm is seeking willing workers on their organic farm as well as donations for several equipment and other things needed on the site.


For info about lodging, directions to the farm:

Contact Person: Willow


Malaysia – The Sustainable Living Centre

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010


The Sustainable Living Centre (SLC) in Bukit Antarabangsa, Kuala Lumpur is a non-profit organization operating a small demo and education center promoting “green” living concepts for urban settings. The Centre conducts presentations on how to use energy, water, food and air resources more wisely. They also offer visitors a chance to learn organic gardening with chemical-free methods for growing fruits, spices, vegetables and herbs.

HS Wong founded the Centre in 1998 to spread sustainable living concepts that can be applied to urban living. The Centre is managed and designed by Permaculture Sdn. Bhd. in partnership with Permaculture Visions International. At present SLC conducts presentations to groups at a minimal fee. Students are not charged for admission.

Project Details

1. Energy Efficiency

The Centre implements different energy-reducing models around its facility to demonstrate a more efficient way of using resources. They incorporate “green” building techniques to move air around for better insulation. The building is equipped with air-turbines, air-vents, louvres and heat-resistant materials. This effectively reduces the need for using air conditioners and fans, in addition to making fridges more energy efficient.

2. Organic Gardening

SLC has a garden model that uses chemical-free methods for growing plants. They use multi-cropping techniques for bayam, lettuces, chillies, kangkong and others, maintained through a combination of mulching and composting.

3. Rainwater harvesting

To facilitate water efficiency, the Centre uses its own uniquely designed Rainwater Collection system. Click here to view an illustration.

4. Water System

SLC also implements a complete water system to facilitate better use of resources. Greywater (those that come from wash basins, washing machines or the sink) are treated and recycled for reuse at the facility. The Centre treats its own wastewater with a mini-wetland system composed of filter beds and aquatic plants. Potable water is also produced from these same resources with UV lamps.

What SLC Needs

The Centre welcomes WWoOFers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms).

Contact Info

The Sustainable Living Centre

Managed by Permaculture Sdn. Bhd


For Tours and Volunteering Opportunities:

HS Wong


Contact Person: Manwant Singh Calais, Executive Director

Tel: (603) 61572412

Mobile: (6012) 2110904


Ms. Nur Zahirah Zakaria, PDC., director and certified Permaculture designer

Tel: (603) 41063608



Mr SB Ang

Tel: (65) 535 1817

Fax: (65) 535 2725

Mobile: (65) 97335774