Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos, created to be a regional research center with the first living collection of the flora of Laos that provides opportunities for collaboration with international botanical institutions. Pha Tad Ke is developed and cared for with the help of dedicated scientists and more than 50 Lao staff and offers a beautifully landscaped setting for visitors.
At the garden, we develop educational programs for all age groups while conducting research into plant reintroduction, horticulture, ethno-botany and medicinal plants to address critical problems ranging from the management of local natural resources to conserving biodiversity worldwide. Through our publications, cultural and social outreach activities, we aim to make a substantial contribution to the responsible development of the region, and to the creation of real expertise that enables Laos to develop specialist skills for a sustainable and bio diverse future.
Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden is starting a new permaculture project. This project will involve the development and installation of a permaculture demonstration/research farm in Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, Laos with a training program for local farmers, government staff and NGO’s. As part of this program we will teach and showcase sustainable practices and how to improve livelihoods for poor upland farming communities on permaculture principles.
On 18th – 23rd of February, 2019 Friend of Pha Tad Ke association and Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden organized the first TOT of Permaculture project. The objective of the TOT training was to introduce the project and their demonstration and research farm to teachers from University and College as well as NGO’s who work on rural development projects.
There were more than 20 participants who are representatives of NGOs work on Sustainable Agriculture Development sector, DAFO and Universities.
Presentations that have supported the discussions are available for download below:
- Introduction of permaculture: State of the world
- Introduction of permaculture: Definition and foundation elements
- Patterns in nature
- Green Manure Crops
- Alley cropping and agro forestry: Trees and crops for a better future
- The importance of Seed Saving
- Observation and data collection
- Ethno-Permaculture farm at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden
- Approach the land
- An introduction to Asian Natural Farming
Documents that have supported the discussions are available for download below:
- Permaculture Handbooks by IDEP Foundation
- Cho’s Global Natural Farming
- Kyusei Nature farming and the technology of effective microoganisms
- Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands
- How to Cultivate Indigenous Microorganisms
- Natural succession in Syntropic farming
- Permaculture: Design process