Reversing the Desert: How Understanding Water Can Heal Our Earth (Video)

Water retention landscapes restoration photoGMgracemedia/Video screen capture

I've posted before on the use of water and weeds to restore degraded lands in Australia. But understanding the flow of water through our landscapes is central to sustainable agricultural and land management systems wherever you live in the world.

From greening the deserts of Jordan to cooperative community watershed management, we've seen plenty of examples of ecological literacy that focuses in on water.

But the work of Sepp Holzer—an Austrian hill farmer who has pioneered hugelkultur cultivation methods—still stands out. In this video, Holzer explains how he designed a water retention landscape for an ecovillage/peace research center in Portugal. And we see first-hand the healing properties it awakened.

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