A prototype is a concept or model that is presented to external parties so that feedback may be obtained.
Our prototype is the concept of what we believe could be the way toward a Resilient Economy for a community.
We have brought together a multitude of principles and practices from various fields and incorporated them into one central model.
We have chosen to focus on rural farming communities for many reasons including:
- Family farms produce about 80% of the world’s food, and they are custodians of about 75% of all agricultural resources in the world, and are therefore key to improved ecological and resource sustainability.
- 54% of the world’s population lives in cities – and it’s expected to reach 66% by 2050.By increasing the quality of life for small farms and communities, we can stem the flow, if not reverse the flow into urban areas, therefore reducing the pressure on big cities.
- With proper education, rural farming communities can also become the custodians of water security in their region.
- Returning life and water into a region will also stem biodiversity loss as animals and plants will have a new habitat to thrive in.
We have also included the ever important MARINE environment as:
- 40% of the world’s population live within 100km of the sea, while..
- the livelihoods of 12 percent of the world’s population depend on fisheries and aquaculture, mainly in the developing world.
- It is estimated that about 50% or our coral reefs have been destroyed due to ocean acidification.
The Four Pillars to a Resilient Economy
Eco-Forestry – Redesigning forests to capture water, produce biodiversity, and provide an environment for wild animals to be reintroduced.
Agro-Ecology – The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.
Community and Industry – Living spaces, architecture, banking, community, industry, commerce, tourism all designed to work within the stated principles, with value added for the community and nature.
Marine Conservation -The protection and preservation of ecosystems in the sea. Productive marine forests and new forms of fishing that allow the marine life to thrive, and therefore the marine industry.
With the foundations in place we can now build upon them to develop a prototype model that can then shared and tested.