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					            Seminars                             Nutshell Series                                  Semilla Besada
                                                                                             7    Nutshell Series
                                         1.    The Savory Brittleness Scale

The Natural Mediterranean Garden         2.    Carbon Sequestration
   Week-end residential seminar
    offering new insights to the         3.    Ecosystem Processes
      Mediterranean Garden
                                         4.    Grazing Animals
   Dryland Permaculture Design                                                                   Root Cause
 Residential seminar for designers       5.    Run-off                                           and its implication for
        and land owners
                                         6.    Water Cycle
                                                                                                 the design and
       Holistic Management                                                                       management of dryland
Residential seminar in sustainable       7.    Root Cause
                                                                                                 environments
decision-making and management
                                         8.    Plant Succession
      Sustainable Stewardship
 Residential seminar in a whole ap-      9.    Irrigation
proach to creating a sustainable life,
                                         10.   What is Holistic Management®?
      landscape or livelihood




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Root Cause and its                             For example, the symptom of water shortages is treated
                                               through the building of dams. However, as the root cause of
                                                                                                                In addition instead of poisoning the water hyacinth, it
                                                                                                                could have been harvested and composted to provide
implication for the design and
                                               the problem has not been addressed, there will be no lasting     humus to improve the denuded land around the lake.
management of dryland
                                               solution and the problem will worsen. When we focus on the       The sustainable management of the land would gener-
environments
                                               restoration of the healthy function of the ecosystem proc-       ate stable, humus rich soil, capable of retaining rainfall
                                               esses and when we sustainably manage natural resources,          and producing year-round plant cover. The lake would
The value of looking for the root cause when
                                               then we address the root cause of water shortages.               no longer be so nutrient rich, which would result in non-
addressing environmental ‘problems’ is that
                                                                                                                proliferation of the water hyacinth. The villagers would
it provides a lasting solution. For example,   In Uganda, once known as the Eden of Africa, Lake Victoria
                                                                                                                again be able to feed themselves from the fish in the
we may find that we have a spread of Dallis    has become choked with water hyacinth. Villagers are un-
                                                                                                                lake.
Grass. If we simply look at ways in which      able to fish, resulting in the loss of their staple diet. The
we can eradicate it, and miss the root         symptomatic response offered by an American company was          For the first time in Europe, residential educational
cause, Dallis Grass will continue to be an     to use a herbicide to kill the water hyacinth.                   programmes at Semilla Besada consider new insights
ongoing problem.                                                                                                for sustainable design and management of dryland envi-
                                               The root cause of the growth of water hyacinth was the un-
                                                                                                                ronments.
However, if we look at why Dallis Grass has    sustainable land management around the lake. This had
proliferated, we will be able to tackle the    resulted in increasing bare soil and water run-off during the
problem from the perspective of the root       rains. The fertile top soil was being carried into the lake,
cause, and ensure that we create a lasting     together with the higher nutrient levels produced by the
solution. For example, we might find that      chemical fertilisers it contained. This created the conditions
there is a constant water supply which en-     that favoured the proliferation of water hyacinth. By sustain-
courages the spread of this species. By        ably managing the surrounding land and ensuring year-
diverting the water and not irrigating that    round ground cover this problem would have been solved.
area, we create a lasting solution.

Brittle landscapes are particularly vulner-
able to the inappropriate use of northern
temperate land management practices.
The result is damage to the healthy function
of the ecosystem processes. For example,                                                                                               Semilla Besada
the inappropriate use of rest has a vastly                                                                                             Nutshell Series
different impact on the environment. Un-
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fortunately, conventional approaches tend                                                                                              18420 Lanjarón
                                                                                                                                       Granada
to address symptoms rather than causes.                                                                                                Spain
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