Design and implementation of sustainable development programs using permaculture as a guiding methodology

Green Futures

The Marginalized Community Action Plan (MCAP), is a method for assessment, development and mobilization of available natural and social capital for sustainable community economic empowerment. In 2009, Afristar Foundation was funded to create an MCAP for the Mogolakwena Municipality, Ward 5 in the Waterberg region of Limpopo, in order to illustrate this model for wealth creation through environmental protection and enhancement. The MCAP responds to a need for increased local food security, improved local health, increased rural economic opportunity, and greater opportunities for advancement.

The MCAP is a community-based green economic strategy, based in efficient utilization and replenishment of natural capital, as well as harnessing of indigenous knowledge and human capacity. The MCAP demonstrates that by understanding and making use of the available natural resources, natural heritage and social capital already present within our communities, we have the ability to meet our needs, unlock natural wealth, and create a sustainable future for ourselves and our children.

The MCAP utilizes permaculture ethos and methodology to identify and tap into the inherent wealth in communities, and to generate mechanisms for poverty alleviation within the rural sector, generating wealth locally and taking strain off of already overstretched urban centers through refurbishment of rural economies. The focus is on skills development and education around sustainable technologies and sustainable livelihoods, with the aim of maintaining a non-depleting, regenerative resource base in the community environment as a basis for local prosperity.

For more detailed information on the Waterberg MCAP study, download the Waterberg MCAP pdf