Desert or Paradise

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Desert or Paradise is a practical guide to restoring damaged, unproductive land by constructing or restoring lakes and ponds to support abundant edible landscapes. It explains the importance of natural water management; how to design water retention area's that produces ‘living’ water; how to prevent and reverse desertification and more.

Sepp Holzer is renowned the world over for bringing degraded landscapes back to life using his unique methods of creating water retention basins. In Desert or Paradise he inspires us to look beyond previously tried, tired and failed ‘solutions’ to drought by following his catalogue of successes, furnishing each case study with photographs, illustrations and anecdotes. These restored or newly-constructed lakes not only reaquify the surrounding landscape to turn back the tide of encroaching desertification, but also support abundant edible landscapes of orchards and crops planted along the banks, and provide freshwater mixed aquacultures. Desert or Paradise explains why natural water management is at the centre of any earth restoration.

Injected with Sepp’s unique style and opinions, Desert or Paradise gives hope to those who see an apparently barren landscape as a failure from which there is no return. Sepp helps us move beyond conventional methods that trap us in a cycle of dependence. He offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder and alternative farmer, yet the book’s greatest value is in the attitudes he teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in Nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere. Learn how to design water retention areas that produce ‘living’ water; prevent and reverse desertification; prevent floods and soil erosion; build Nature-inspired dams … and much more!

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Giftcards Type No
Book title Desert or Paradise: restoring endangered landscapes using water management, including lake and pond construction
Author Sepp Holzer
ISBN 9781856231091
Page count 216
Publisher Permanent Publications
Binding Paperback
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