Tamera Community in Portugal to host 3rd International Water Symposium

I’m very glad to say that I’ll be returning to the Tamera Community in Portugal as they host the 3rd International Water Symposium from June 6th (18h)- 9th (16h) 2013 in Tamera.

Replenishing water cycles, healing landscapes, learning from water: Retention landscapes as a pathway towards regional sovereignty

“Water, energy and nutrition can be provided for free to all human beings if we follow the logic of nature and no longer the laws of capital” (Dieter Duhm)

Water is life. Water is information. If the large water cycle of a landscape is intact, then the land, nature, the economy and the people are flourishing. Desertification, floods, the rising sea level, forest fires and droughts are not fate but the result of a disturbed hydrologic balance.

Nowadays water is dammed, deviated, privatized and turned into a commodity. One billion people on the planet are without access to clean drinking water, while others are following their profit motive. It is in our hands to change this.

The large water cycles can be restored, even in extremely damaged landscapes. All around the world, people are working on solutions for the global water crisis. They are protecting rivers, lakes and wells. While applying different methods, they are following the same principle: collecingt and decelerating rain water where it falls on the earth. In this way, the earth’s body can absorb the rain water, the groundwater level rises and the land can become fertile again. The example of Tamera shows how a decentralized and natural water retention landscape can heal a disturbed landscape and create the prerequisites for modern subsistence.

For the third time, Tamera has invited experts, activists and policy makers from many countries to exchange their knowledge and to build a powerful alliance for the protection of water.

We want to focus on the plan to build a regional model in the Alentejo which is able to put a stop to the ongoing desertification in Southern Portugal and create sustainable food sovereignty. In this way, we have been able to develop a social and economical model for the world in Portugal.

We heartily invite everyone who wants to learn more about what water is and what we can all do to restore the water cycles.

Some of the topics:

- The Tamera Water Retention Landscape and other methods for water retention

- Holistic planned grazing

- Climate change adaptation and water management

- Water as a human right – resistance against dam building and water privatization

- Solutions for groundwater salinization

- Learning from water

With contributions by: Prof. Filipe Duarte Santos, Climate Change Adaptation, Lisbon, Dr. Millán Millán, head of CEAM (Center for Environmental Studies in the Mediterranean Foundation), Spain, John D. Liu, environmental film maker, USA/China, Bernd Müller, head of the ecology department, Tamera, Sally Silverstone, co-captain biosphere 2, USA, Sabine Lichtenfels, co-founder Tamera, Nadi Farraj, YMCA, Palestine, Paulo Mellet, Lush, UK, Jürgen Kleinwächter, inventor, Germany, Horst Wagner, inventor, Germany; Joss Brooks, Auroville, India, N.N., Savory Institute, USA (to be confirmed), Carmen and Sergio Maraschin, transition towns, Portugal (to be confirmed), N.N., Initiative for the Right of Water and Sanitation, NL (to be confirmed), Elizabeth Peredo, Fundación Solón, Bolivien (to be confirmed)

More information you can find in the brochure: “Water Retention Landscapes – A Pathway towards Regional Sovereignty” (will be constantly updated)

Film: Water is Life – the Water Retention Landscape of Tamera
Film: Tamera Community


Venue: Tamera – Peace Research Centre, Monte do Cerro, 7630-392 Reliquias , Portugal

Language: English

Symposium Fee: 185,- Euros
Price for Portuguese participants: 95,- Euros
Youth price: 95,- Euros

Price for Lodging and Board: 105,- Euros
Price for Portuguese participants: 55,- Euros
Youth price: 55,- Euros

Lodging: dormitories or large shared tents
An apartment in the Guest House can be booked at an additional cost.
Board: vegan full board

Registration: office(at)tamera.org or +351 – 283 – 635 306

More information: Global Ecology Departement: +351 283 635 314

One Response to “Tamera Community in Portugal to host 3rd International Water Symposium”

  • Gary Jordan:

    Dear John,
    I was very interested in your video on reclaiming dry lands that have been ruined by over-grazing and mans lack of care for the earth. I wanted to ask you how your methods differ from Allan Savory. I saw a TED talk he did and your methods seem similar but I realize he was working with grass lands and you seem more tending to hilly country. It seemed the difference was terrain. Can you expand on this?

    One other observation I wish you might make would be how helping vast areas would, over time, change the climate of a large area (cooler temperatures, more rain, etc.)

    Thank you for your invaluable work. The billions can be fed!

    Gary Jordan

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