Permaculture is a practical and cost-effective vehicle to realize the potential of the commitments set out under global Sustainable Development Goals. 12 of the 17 SDGs identified by the United Nations are directly addressed in Edge5’s programs

The 12 SDGs directly addressed in Edge5’s work:

Permaculture programs address the range of poverty indicators - education, health, nutrition and livelihood security.

Edge5 believes that a sustainable garden agriculture base is the foundation of stable communities.

Reduction in malnutrition and improving sanitation are key outcomes of Edge5’s permaculture projects.

Permaculture training provides theoretical and practical knowledge that is locally relevant and engenders resilience

Women are often responsible for securing sustainable futures for their communities. Edge5's programs recognize this and enhance economic opportunities for women, while identifying new opportunities for men to contribute also.

Diseases caused by contaminated water kill more people every year than all forms of violence. Edge5 prioritises water harvesting techniques and the supply of clean water through the application of natural processes.

Permaculture makes self-reliance a reality by providing innovative and vital vocational skills training.

Permaculture contributes to incremental infrastructure improvements. Edge5's training programs have the ability to empower the innovators of the future.

Edge5 designs sustainable communities based on an integrated approach to infrastructure provision and safe, affordable housing constructed from locally-sourced natural materials.

Permaculture teaches how to do more and better with less, including practical strategies for waste management through composting and recycling.

Rehabilitating degraded landscapes is core to Edge5’s approach and plays a pivotal role in increasing community resilience to climate change as well as addressing the imbalance in the Earth’s carbon cycle.

Reforestation of degraded land enhances biodiversity at a regional level. At the local level, seed-banking of indigenous crops species and education of greater yields and soil health demonstrate alternatives to industrial, mono-cultural agriculture. This is a core component of permaculture.

Edge5’s programs deliver real returns on corporate social and environmental investment.
Effective permaculture enhances social stability and reduces long-term financial dependence of local communities on donor organisations.
We closely monitor the results of our work and communicate them in compliance with accepted international sustainability reporting guidelines.