Permaculture and Ecosystem Restoration
Greening the Desert

A perma-cultivation initiative

In the heart of arid landscapes, the “Greening the Desert” project emerges as a beacon of hope and transformation. Guided by permaculturist Geoff Lawton, this initiative seeks to defy the odds and rejuvenate degraded environments, particularly in the challenging terrains of the Jordan Valley.

Grounded in permaculture principles, a holistic design system that integrates sustainable agricultural practices with the patterns and resilience observed in natural ecosystems. Geoff ‘s visionary approach revolves around mimicking Nature’s wisdom to revive and restore environments facing the harsh impact of desertification, and achieve ecosystem restoration.

Ecosystem Restoration
Local Wisdom, Local Impact

Empowering Communities

Desert landscapes present unique challenges, primarily characterized by water scarcity and nutrient-poor soils. The project tackles these obstacles through innovative water management strategies, emphasizing the importance of capturing, conserving, and utilizing water efficiently. Swales, earthworks, and other water-harvesting techniques play a crucial role in transforming the arid terrain into a thriving oasis of life.


In the pursuit of sustainability, the project prioritizes the use of locally adapted plant species. Native flora, resilient to the harsh desert conditions, becomes a cornerstone for ecological restoration. This not only ensures the suitability of the plant life to the environment but also contributes to the preservation of local biodiversity.


The “Greening the Desert” project and the permaculture approach is not merely about ecological restoration; it’s a community-centric endeavor. Local communities are actively involved and educated in permaculture practices, empowering them to become stewards of their own landscapes. This collaborative approach fosters a sense of ownership and ensures the longevity and success of the project.

Beyond Restoration

Setting an example

 “Greening the Desert” in the Jordan Valley extends its impact beyond the immediate ecological restoration. It stands as a global inspiration for sustainable living, demonstrating how thoughtful design and regenerative practices can mitigate the impact of desertification and contribute to broader efforts in combating climate change. The project has become a living testament to the transformative potential of permaculture in the face of environmental challenges.


The “Greening the Desert” project paints a picture of resilience, regeneration, and a harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature. Through permaculture, Geoff Lawton’s and his team’s pioneering work offers a blueprint for transforming deserts into thriving, biodiverse landscapes, proving that with sufficient ecological intelligence and dedication, even the most challenging environments can be rejuvenated.

More Re-greening Around the Globe

The Potential of Permaculture

Thankfully, the worldwide drive for ecosystem restoration and combating desertification is strong, marked by numerous initiatives that wield considerable influence on a global scale.

Diverse projects, including The Weather Makers’ holistic land regeneration initiatives in Egypt, Africa’s ambitious Great Green Wall Initiative, China’s Kubuqi Desert Afforestation Project and its successful efforts on the Loess Plateau, exemplify the commitment to restoring degraded lands and consequently its local communities.