|Title:||A Colombian Village to Reinvent the World|
|Summary:||Paolo Lugari, fresh out of university in the 1960's, was invited on a flight across the Andes. He looked down and saw the Savannahs for the first time, an area four times the size of the Netherlands. He saw empty, barren, rain-leached land and had a vision. He knew that his country, like so many countries, was going to increase in population and that people were either going to tear down forests or crowd into cities and make them unbearable. He went round the universities in Bogota asking what it would take to live in an environment like that and what would grow there.
He was told nothing, because the soils were too leached and toxic, but eventually he found people who thought it would be an interesting challenge to see if it could be done. In 1971 a group of professors, students, technicians and visionaries decided to prove that they could live and thrive in one of the most brutal environments imaginable. In his book, Gaviotas - A Village to Reinvent the World, Alan Weisman tells the story of the incredible and inspiring adventure that turned the vision into reality and made it into one of the most successful environmental stories ever told.
THE STRATEGY: Take the empty, barren, rain-leached land of the Columbian (South America) Savannahs, and make them into an environment that could support human settlement and some type of agricultural product to use or sell.
|Action:||Agriculture, Conservation, Environment, Resources|
|Extent of Action:||Local|
|Categories:||Agriculture, Conservation, Environment, Resources|
|Source:||: Living Lightly, #20, Summer, 2002, p. 14|
|Contacts:||www.friendsofgaviotas.org, Gaviotas - A Village to Reinvent the World by Alan Weisman|
|Prepared By:||sl, 11/09|