IPCC – International Permaculture Convergence Council
Margarethe Holzer and John Nzira (Coordinators)
Phone: 0043 6502851185
Press release for immediate release
International Permaculture Convergence (IPC15) will be hosted in Taiwan in 2023
Under the theme: Creating Resilience Together – Connecting Urban and Rural Communities in the time of Climate Change
The International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) announces that Taiwan will host the 15th International Permaculture Convergence in 2023 (IPC15).
This follows the next International Permaculture Convergence (IPC14) in Argentina, which will take place from 28 November to 4 December 2020 at the Ná Lu’um Permaculture Institute headquarters in Misiones. Website will be open in March 2019: 14ipc-argentina2020.org
Organization in Taiwan: Earth Passengers Permaculture Education and Design
Contact person: Hui-i Chiang, Founder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: +886 932136758
- Conference – open for the public – 2 days in Taipei City,
- Convergence – 5 days in Taitung County, on the southeast coast of Taiwan in autumn 2023.
- Several Permaculture courses and Permaculture-site tours will be held before, while and after the event.
International Permaculture Convergence Council: http://internationalpermacultureconvergence.org/
IPC15 Host (2023) – Earth Passengers Permaculture Education and Design: http://earthpassengers.org
IPC – International Permaculture Convergences:
The International Permaculture Convergences (IPCs) are epic gatherings of permaculture practitioners from around the world (with over 600 participants and more), to share knowledge and expertise and strategize about the future of the permaculture movement. They have been active since 1985 and bring together inspiring and experienced permaculturists to deliver diverse and engaging programmes. International Permaculture experts, teachers and practitioners talk and teach at these events.
Further information: http://internationalpermacultureconvergence.org/international-permaculture-convergences-history/
The term ‘Permaculture’ was coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970th and spread more widely through “Permaculture ONE”, which was published in 1978. The first major publication was the book “Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual” in 1988. The word is a contraction of permanent agriculture and also of permanent culture. The aim of Permaculture is to consciously design systems that are ecologically sound, economically viable and self sustaining. It has since spread across the planet and there are now permaculture organizations, groups and individuals striving to work with nature, create regenerative systems across a wide range of subjects related to human life and the relationship with our habitat. Its three foundational ethics are: care of earth, care of people, and fair share. One of the specialities of Permaculture is education and courses (PDC, Permaculture Design course, 72-80 hours), are taught worldwide.
Earth Passengers Permaculture Education and Design in Taiwan – the host of IPC15:
Earth Passengers was the first organization to introduce a formal Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Taiwan in 2008, and later in China in 2013. Currently, it has a strong network of students and colleagues in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. The organization has experience working with foreign environmental organizations and permaculture teachers. During the past 13 years it has held international environmental seminars with environmental educators from the USA, including two Environmental Education Leadership Conferences, K-12 Energy Education Program seminars throughout Taiwan, and an international environmental art contest and exhibition. Since 2008, they have organized and taught 15 PDCs, 4 of which were in China. Earth Passengers has also co-taught with international Permaculture teachers, such as Robyn Francis, Darren Doherty, Tom Ward, Joel Glanzberg and Jude Hobbs.
“With the opportunity of hosting IPC15, many Permaculture colleagues in Taiwan have expressed their commitment to collaborate. With the aim of ensuring the participation and inclusion of the local Permaculture communities, we will also establish an inter-organizational committee and working groups for the preparation of IPC15 Taiwan” says Hui-i Chiang, representing Earth Passengers organization. In Taiwan, Permaculture has become a pervasive practice across groups, organizations and institutions, such as schools, business, agriculture, homesteads, markets, tourism, etc. IPC participants will be able to experience a diversity of both urban and rural permaculture practices all within a short distance and travel time.
“Taiwan’s comprehensive and thorough application demonstrated a high level of preparedness. They already have excellent networks established in the region and have hosted national convergences and gatherings. An IPC in Taiwan would make it accessible to the other countries in the South-east Asian region including island countries in the Pacific that are rarely represented at IPCs” says Margarethe Holzer.
International Permaculture Convergence Council – IPCC:
The IPCC is a group of at the moment 20 Permaculturists worldwide who are responsible for international, regional and supraregional networking and information about the IPCs. The Council aims to provide stability, consistency, quality and progression of the IPC’s development as important worldwide permaculture gatherings. The Council chooses the hosts for the IPC’s and supports the hosts in terms of organisation. The Council has online meetings every month since October 2015. All the work is voluntary.
The IPCC team
Photo source : https://www.facebook.com/permaculture.edu/, Hui-i Chiang, IPC India 2017