The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)


Published on May 12, 2014 um 22:38

Summary of your idea

Main objective of this idea is to connect several already tested and known practices in order to make one new and innovative sustainable concept. This idea connects organic food production, active tourism, social care and education, all covered by principles of sustainability. Permaculture is new concept of living by using only available local and alternative resources. Living by permaculture principles while producing organic products are basics of this concept, but additions like active tourism for people from cities, education courses held by experts and living opportunities for people with less opportunities are something which makes it unique. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system." Said Bill Mollison, an Australian researcher and scientist. This principle involves the thoughtful planning of both zones and sectors based on where they are in relation to each other. It is aimed to position these elements in a way that maximizes energy usage and minimizes waste. An example would be planting crops downhill from a pond to allow for easy irrigation without the need for, for example, a pumping system. The effect of this system is that interdependent webs are created intentionally among the plants, insects, animals, and soil, duplicating the relationships found in nature, where productivity is high, resulting in ecologically stable, produce-yielding landscapes there will, of course be, a lot of benefits while using permaculture life and production style.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Sustainability is key word of this idea. At Permaculture center, only energy from alternative sources will be used. Barracks and buildings will be made only from local materials, and food will be produced at farm without usage of pesticides. After 2 years center should become financially sustainable by offering services as active holiday for people from cities and permaculture and organic food production courses held by experts for future professionals. At the center, people with less opportunities will have a chance to work, eat and live a quality life just by working and participating at farm activities. This conceptual idea can be a role model for wider implementation in the developed world. Permaculture involves using the ecosystem within the farm to replenish nutrients instead of relying on imports. A good example would be composting organic matter and using manure as fertilizer. But farmers don't have to be community-minded in implementing permaculture systems. There are plenty of specialized, targeted strategies that individuals and small farms can practice to become more sustainable. There are many ways to "practice permaculture without the 'cult.'" Small-scale farmers can also adopt practices that are based on the natural cycle of their farm's landscape. This promotes healthier soil and allows for yields to be chemical-free and nutrient-rich. One practice that adheres to this technique is agroforestry, which cultivates trees and shrubs on the same land as crops. Rotational grazing for small farms with livestock is another permaculture method that follows the landscape's natural cycle. The new challenge facing permaculture innovators today was the rate of change in conditions: "new energy sources needed to be developed on a small scale to become more sustainable in light of climate change and ongoing resource squeeze. For smallholder and family farmers, this could mean homesteading or energy recycling to make farms more sustainable and self-sufficient.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Considering that this idea includes food production, tourism, education, social responsibility and care for environment, there are several possibilities for incomes after starting investment. Financial support at the beginning can be found by applying at open calls at local municipality, province authorities and EU funds. Also, it can be found at regional donors interested in this innovative concept. Low costs of living and different sources of incomes will provide that center exist autonomously after 2 years from opening. The budget could get bigger by selling the organic products. In additon to that some courses and conferences could be held to show the efficiency of this system and to teach the methods to be used in this system.

Your profile

Idea is made at international training about Youth Entrepreneurship in Albania 2014, powered by Erasmus plus program. Team members: Nenad Lukic landscape architect and environmental acivist. Founder of group of citizens Tree by tree which deals with environmental issues at local level in Serbia. Except formal University education, he have rich international experience by participating at several trainings, seminars and workshops in areas of environment, education, politics and entrepreneurship. Interested in spatial planning and sustainable development. Isabella Mesaros attending the second year at the Faculty of Law for Business and Justice, volounteer in Youth Office in Subotica and co-founder of the association of citizens "Self- initiative". Interested in human rights. Rich national and international experience by participating at intercultural, entrepreneurship, asylum protection, human rights, professional orientation and other trainings and seminars. Ekrem Tekatl: Vocational high school teacher -the director and the founder of Association of Young Educators Loving Democracy interested in equality-human rights against gender discrimination-he has lots of success in many EU projects in many different topics and represents his city and country successfully. He has rich background and experience of attending many seminars and workshops in topics of human rights- woman rights- environment-politics.

Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education, health, sustainable energy, food security, poverty reduction, sustainable trade, youth, other: economy

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May 18, 2014 23:30

Education of new agriculture entrepreneurs is one of the basics of this idea (probably the most important one). How? By organized courses of permaculture which will be held at the farm. Theoretically and in practice, with learning by doing principle.
This is an ambitious and complex concept, but possible, we think.

May 18, 2014 15:09

I like a lot the permaculture philosophy! How could you reform the idea in order to train new people in agriculture business to create such processes? I mean it would be highly beneficial if you could target at one main task.
All the rest of tasks seem so many that not even the entire Minister of Agriculture could handle them. Always imho.