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  • Theme: Cuba; towards hurricane proof Permaculture Systems
    Permaculture in Islands and Cities, facing Climate Change Challenge

  • Theme: Cuba; towards hurricane proof Permaculture Systems
    Permaculture in Islands and Cities, facing Climate Change Challenge

Updated information for IPC 11 Cuba- below!

Please see the below email that was sent to all people currently registered for the IPC 11 Cuba.

For those who still want to attend the IPC (but cannot register on this website because the registration part of the site is now closed)- it is still possible to come to Cuba and pay in cash $CUC here for the whole event. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inform us if you plan to do this.

 

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Dear all attendees for the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence in Cuba, 2013,

This is a final notice from the Cuban Organising Team with key information for your time in Cuba.

We are very sorry for any issues with communications along the way to this event, however we are a small team bringing this huge event together, with limited human and material resources (compared to western/developed countries) and using dial up internet! So please forgive us any issues- and we will do our very best from here on and during your stay to ensure you have a wonderful experience here in Cuba. Together - we will make it.

For your information approximately 300 people will be attending the whole event. A good number indeed.

To start with - Logistics!!

First up the Location of the Conference! We are sorry for the delay with this information.

Habana Libre Hotel

Address: Pizarra – L y 23, Vedado, Havana

Phone: 834 6100 or 838 4011

Google Map link: https://maps.google.com.cu/maps?q=Habana+Libre+Hotel,+havana&hl=en&sll=23.141425,-82.37978&sspn=0.010122,0.021136&hq=Habana+Libre+Hotel,+havana&t=m&z=16

Note- Havana is not a terribly large city- so wherever your accommodation is located- it is usually easy to get a taxi for approximately $1 - $5 to this hotel located in a centric location of the city. If you take an old taxi, shared with other people- it is just $1 CUC- and a lot of fun.

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Events in date order

Date: Sunday 24th November

Event: Conference Gala Dinner

Location: Casa de la Amistad- Note there will be buses leaving Hotel Vedado at 8pm to take everyone to Casa de la Amistad. If you miss the bus- take a taxi to Casa de la Amistad

Address of Hotel Vedado: Pizarra- O No. 244, Vedado, Havana

Phone: 836 4072

Google Map Link: https://maps.google.com.cu/maps?ll=23.140174,-82.379776&spn=0.010122,0.021136&t=m&z=16

Address of Casa de la Amistad: Paseo, between 17 e 19, Vedado

Google Map link:

https://maps.google.com.cu/maps?q=La+Casa+de+Amistad,+havana&hl=en&ll=23.136532,-82.389135&spn=0.010122,0.021136&sll=23.141425,-82.37978&sspn=0.010122,0.021136&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A

Time to meet to get the bus: 8pm outside Hotel Vedado

Time of Dinner: 8:30pm

Dates: Monday 25th- Wednesday 27th November

Event: International Permaculture Conference

Location: Habana Libre Hotel

Address: Pizarra – L y 23, Vedado, Havana

Phone: 834 6100 or 838 4011

Google Map link: https://maps.google.com.cu/maps?q=Habana+Libre+Hotel,+havana&hl=en&sll=23.141425,-82.37978&sspn=0.010122,0.021136&hq=Habana+Libre+Hotel,+havana&t=m&z=16

Times:

Day 1- Nov 25th- 8:30am to 6:15pm

Day 2- Nov 26th- 9am to 6pm

Day 3- Nov 27th- 9am to 6pm

Other: The full program is listed at the end of this email

Date: Thursday 28th November

Event: Visit to Urban Permaculture sites

Location: Buses leave outside Hotel Vedado at 8:30am

Address of Hotel Vedado: Pizarra- O No. 244, Vedado, Havana

Phone: 836 4072

Google Map Link: https://maps.google.com.cu/maps?ll=23.140174,-82.379776&spn=0.010122,0.021136&t=m&z=16

Time:  8:30am

Other: Tour includes transport and lunch

Dates: Friday 29th November – Tuesday 3rd December

Event: International Permaculture Convergence

Location: Los Cocos, Mayabeque Province (60km East of Havana)

Time: Buses leave outside Hotel Vedado at 8:30am

Address of Hotel Vedado: Pizarra- O No. 244, Vedado, Havana

Phone: 836 4072

Google Map Link: https://maps.google.com.cu/maps?ll=23.140174,-82.379776&spn=0.010122,0.021136&t=m&z=16

Accommodation at the Convergence: The accommodation will be in shared air conditioned cottages with bathroom and television. The cost of the convergence includes transportation, accommodation and all meals. Facilities include a swimming pool, bars, access to the beach etc.

Other: The full program, with confirmed presenters, will be emailed to all in one or two days.

Date: Wednesday 4th Dec

Event: Day 1 of Tours

8-9am- Breakfast and check out of Los Cocos, Mayabeque Province

10:30am- Buses depart for Tour/s or for those not going on the Tour/s the bus returns to Havana

Other:

Visit to Matanzas city, the Bellamar Cave and the Permaculture Development of part of the Protected Area on top of it, also Santa Catalina Cave.

Visit to Cárdenas and accommodation at Centro Cristiano de Reflexión y Diálogo in Cárdenas included, lunch and dinner included.

(For those only doing this “Day Tour 2”- you return to Havana on a bus in the afternoon and you have to organise your own accommodation for this night and any further nights in Havana).

Date: Thursday 5th December

Event: Day 2 of Tours

6am: Buses leave Cárdenas, travel East to Sancti Spiritus, visit to Permaculture Sites there, lunch, dinner and accommodation in Sancti Spíritus included.

(For those only doing the “Day Tour 3”- you return to Havana on a bus in the evening (6hr bus trip) and you have to organise your own accommodation for this and any further nights in Havana).

Date: Fri 6th December

Event: Day 3 of Tours

7am: Buses leave Sancti Spíritus, travel South to Topes de Collantes, lunch there, Trinidad and Ancón Beach, dinner there, return to Havana in the evening in the scenic southern route.

(All participants need to organise in advance your accommodation for this night and any further nights in Havana).

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In regard to Accommodation you need to book your own accommodation for some nights.

All participants have to book their own accommodation for:

  1. The night of the Conference Gala Dinner (Sunday, 24th November)
  2. The nights of the three days of the Conference (Monday, 25th November, Tuesday, 26th November and Wednesday, 27th November)
  3. The night of the Visit to Urban Permaculture sites (Thursday, 28th November)
  4. The last night/s in Havana prior to flying out of Cuba. Your last night of paid accommodation as part of the IPC Cuba will be either at the Convergence or during one of the tours- depending on what you previously booked on the IPC website.

If you still haven’t arranged your accommodation- don’t stress at all- here are your options:

1-     We suggest two websites where you can book a Bed and Breakfast (Casa Particulars) online:

http://casaparticularcuba.org or http://cubaparticular.com

OR

2-     You can contact AMISTUR- a Cuban tourist company. They are offering a special package that includes airport transfer, accommodation in hotels during the initial days, some meals and the last night in Havana

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Argelio) and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Yolexis) or phone +53 7

833 3515

OR

3-     You can always wait until you arrive here in Havana and most taxi drivers know of, and will be happy to help you, find accommodation in a Casa Particular (average cost of $25 a night).

We recommend you find accommodation in the neighbourhoods of Vedado to be close to the Conference Location of Hotel Habana Libre, or neighbouring towns of Old Havana (Habana Vieja) or Central Havana (Centro Habana).

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Airport Transfers

The airport is only a 20min drive from downtown Havana. When you walk outside the airport building you can easily get a taxi downtown for $20 CUC. If you see other foreigners getting a taxi you can always ask to share a taxi with them- as most people are travelling downtown. Before you get in any taxi- confirm the price of the trip.

$$Currency

If you need to change currency you can do this at the airport- however the rates are slightly higher there- so it is better to change currency downtown.

The best rates are at a CADECA– a currency exchange place or the Banco Metropolitano or most hotels. Just ask around.

$ Tips $- it is customary for foreigners to give a 10% tip for restaurants, bars, taxi’s etc. If you buy something from a supermarket or fruit market etc- many foreigners give the person 5 or 10 cents tip- however it is not necessary.

$$ Compulsory Costs

Tourist card or visa- $25- check with your airline when you check in for your flight that this is included in your flight cost to Havana.

Airport tax to leave Cuba- when you leave Cuba you will be directed to the appropriate counter to pay an airport tax before you leave the country of $25 CUC.

Average cost of Accommodation- $25

Average cost of meals- $5 to 15

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend you get travel insurance for your trip to the IPC 11 Cuba.

Meals and entertainment

We will give tips on places to eat and places to go for evening entertainment at the Conference. A great place for a drink close to the Habana Libre Hotel is the famous Hotel Nacional de Cuba with a large patio area with wonderful ocean view over the Malecon.

Address of Hotel Nacional de Cuba: Pizarra – 21 y O, Vedado

Phone: 836 3564

Emergency contacts

If you have any medical issues- you can get a taxi (approximately $10 from the centre of Havana) to the Hospital for International people- Cira Garcia - 24hrs a day where you will be seen by a doctor in emergency. The cost of a consultation is $25 CUC.

Phone: 204 4300

                                                               

If you have any urgent issues during your time here in Havana (you miss your flight/ bus/ are sick etc etc)- please phone the Foundation organising the IPC – the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ)- and they will help you as best they can, or give you the contact details for one of us on the Cuban Organising team.

Address: No. 6611 Ave. 5B, between 66 & 70

Miramar, Playa

Havana

Cuba

CP 11600

Phone: 209 2885 or 204 2985

Bring:

 

  • Rehydration salts if you get diarrhea (note one of the participants of the Permaculture Design Course got sick on the fourth night of being here in Havana- and used these, along with Panadol or paracetamol for fever, to aid recovery overnight).
  • Pepto- Bimsol, Kaolin preparation, Immodium or Lomotil for upset stomach
  • Antiseptic cream- for cut or graze
  • Dry savoury crackers/biscuits if sick
  • Mosquito repellent and/ or cream to stop itch
  • Chocolate, snacks, trail mix
  • A hat for the sun
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A water bottle
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Ample supply of any needed medication
  • Good walking shoes
  • Casual and comfortable clothing
  • Personal toiletries – some places/restaurants/ bars/ nightclubs don’t supply toilet paper – but most of the places we will be in – will have toilet paper

Spare room in your luggage- bring and give to any Cuban:

 

  • Medication, toiletries
  • Household items- sheets, towels etc
  • Clothing, jewellery, shoes
  • Food- chocolates
  • Old laptops, mobile phones
  • Permaculture books/resources as gifts to the Foundation or other Cuban participants of the IPC

If you have spare room in your luggage many people stuff their bag with towels or sheets or any household items- and you can give these in a plastic bag or something, to any person in the street here in Havana or elsewhere in the country- these items are usually always appreciated by many locals here, and if they don’t take it for themselves they will find someone who will want it!

On the streets in Havana and in Cuba:

 

Like many international cities people on the streets see tourists a mile away and chances are you will be asked to give them money or food or milk powder or something! We suggest you politely say “Disculpe” “I’m Sorry” and continue to walk on. For those who have not travelled a lot internationally- you may feel the desire to stop and talk to people who approach you- well that is your choice- but please know you have been warned that this might end up costing you at some point- either financially or emotionally. Again- people who approach you on the street may appear very friendly at first, bigs smiles etc- and it is possible they just want to say hello to you, but unless you have lived here for a while- it is hard to discern the genuine from the not so genuine, so we recommend you err on the side of caution.

Again in your hotels or casa particulars- please try your best to lock your bags and or keep valuable items with you at all times.

Please also be careful when walking at night- the roads and pavements are not always smooth- and there is a chance you could trip over and sprain an ankle.

Climate

The weather here in Cuba now is basically Just Right! Its time for shorts and t shirts, dresses, sunglasses, hats, jeans, pants, sometimes a pullover or jumper. Short sleeve tops for women are commonly worn here- on hot days and are most comfortable.

Language

Spanish… however if you get really stuck someone in the vicinity usually can help with English or other languages.

Children

If you are travelling here with children- could you please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name and age of the child/children.

Film

If you want or plan to film any part of the event/s- could you please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and a statement of what you can or want to film. We hope to film the conference and most of the convergence and volunteers are very welcome to collaborate with this on this project.

Someone else wants to come and hasn’t registered yet

If you know someone who wants to come to the IPC but hasn’t yet booked online- it will be possible for them to come to Cuba and pay in cash- in CUC- for the event. Please- email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if anyone is interested in doing this.

Car Rental

If you are staying on in Cuba after the IPC- and want to book a car- you can do so online:

www.havanatur.com. Or visit the Havanatur office at the Habana Libre Hotel- 833 2445

It is approximately $40 or $45 a day, plus another $15 per day for insurance. There is a 5% discount for December bookings- to get this you have to chat to the people online.  

Even people from the USA can book cars online because it is a Spanish company.

If you want to compare prices- the Cuba Travel Network- www.carrentalcuba.com is another big tourist company here. Phone in Havana: 864 9177.

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En final…

Have a good trip to Cuba- Buen Viaje – and see you all soon for this exciting event, time and exchange together! Si, Si Puede – Yes, It’s Possible!

Very best,

The Cuba IPC 11 Organising Group and the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ)

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IPC 11 Cuba

International Permaculture Conference

 

Program

Monday 25th- Wednesday 27th November, 2013

 

 

 

 

Day 1- Monday, 25th November

 

Permaculture in Islands

 

Time

Event

Presenter

8:30-9:30am

Accreditation

 

9:30-10:30am

Official Opening by the President of the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ)

Liliana   Núñez Velis, President, FANJ, Cuba

10:30-11:30am

Insular Permaculture, Cuban and Caribbean case

Roberto Pérez, Cuba

11:30-12pm

Coffee Break

 

12-1pm

Permaculture in the UK

Andy Goldring, UK

1-2pm

Permaculture in New Zealand

Trrish Allen, NZ

2-3:30pm

Lunch

 

3:30-4:30pm

Permaculture in Hawái

Hunter Heaivilin, USA

4:30-5:30pm

Permacultura in Macaronesia

Helder Valente, Portugal

5:30-6:15pm

Panel: Permaculture for the Caribbean

 

Day 2- Tuesday, 26th November

 

Permaculture and Climate Change

 

 

Time

Event

Presenter

9- 10am

Ten Thousand Trees

Toni Andersen, Denmark

 

10-11am

Permaculture, Community and Climate Change in Cuba

Carmen Cabrera, Cuba

 

11-11:30am

Coffee Break

   

11:30-12:30pm

Response of Eco-villages to Climate Change

Albert Bates, USA

 

12:30-1:30pm

Permaculture solutions to the challenges of Climate Change

Robyn Francis, Australia

 

1:30-3pm

Lunch

   

3-4pm

Using Low-Energy Greenhouses and Diversity of Systems to Ease the Effects Of Climate Change

Jerome Osentowski, USA

 

4-5pm

Permaculture Education and Climate Change

Robin Clayfield, Australia

 

5-6pm

Panel: What Permaculture contributes to the challenge of Climate Chnage?

   

 

 

Day 3- Wednesday, 27th November

 

Urban Permaculture, Liveable Cities

 

 

Time

Event

Presenter

9-10am

Permaculture in human settlements of Cuba

María Caridad Cruz, Cuba

10-11am

More than food, Urban Permaculture for communities , livelihoods , education and opportunity

Toby Hemenway, UK

11-11:30am

Coffee Break

 

11:30-12:30pm

Urban Permaculture in Portland , Oregon

Marisha Auerbach, USA

12:30-1:30pm

Experiences of Urban Permaculture in different climates, ecosystems and cultures in South America

Tierra Martínez, Argentina

1:30-3pm

Almuerzo

 

3-4pm

Permatectura : Improving the criteria of the United Nations Program for Development ( UNDP) with Permaculture

Stuart Muir Wilson, Australia

4-5pm

Panel: Permaculture and Welfare of Cities

 

5-6pm

Closing of the Conference

 

 

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MARCH 2013:

Dear Permaculturists of the world!

During the last International Permaculture Convergence (IPC), IPC10, celebrated in Jordan in September 2011, Cuba was chosen as the host for the next IPC, IPC11, and we will be doing it this NOVEMBER 2013!!

As well as our friendly company you will enjoy a range activities to get involved in here including:

  • a Permaculture Design Course facilitated by internationally renowned teachers: Ron Berezan (CA), Brock Dolman (USA), Paulo Mellet (UK) and Cuba’s own Roberto Perez Rivero. Cary Cruz and Carmen Cabrera will also be invited teachers from Cuba.
  • a 3 day Conference with the themes "Island Permaculture, Urban Permaculture, and Permaculture and Climate Change"
  • a 5 day Convergence and
  • visits to permaculture and sustainability sites in Havana and two Provinces of Cuba to see examples of Permaculture CUBA STYLE!

Dates are listed on the panel to the right.

From all of us permies here in Cuba we would like to say THANK YOU for this wonderful opportunity to show off our work and hard earned experiences and to continue our learning and exchanging with international participants and collaborators… so

WELCOME to the Caribbean, WELCOME to Latin America and

WELCOME TO OUR ARCHIPELAGO!!!!

Sincerely,
The Cuba Organising Team
From the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation for Nature and Humanity

 maria criolla

Permaculture in Cuba

Permaculture arrived to Cuba in late 1993, through The Southern Cross Brigade an Australian and New Zealand solidarity group, some of them Permaculturists. In late 1995 the movement was welcomed by Antonio Núñez Jiménez to continue operations as part of his  Foundation for Nature and Humanity, a Cuban NGO. At that point in time with the country facing a serious economic crisis, the key goal was to increase food production as much and as quickly as possible, and this was done by growing food directly under the feet of people, on local family and community grounds of Havana. Several projects were developed with the support of the Australian Green Team and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

We are proud to say that the work of this small and devoted team of Cubans, Aussies, New Zealanders and others, along with a few other similar efforts in the country at the time, most certainly contributed to the degree of local food security the communities, towns and cities of our island enjoy to this day.

In coming to Cuba we can share elements of this process with you, our experiences, struggles, achievements, learning, and we can review and consider some of the risk factors we have been experiencing and learning from over these last few years related to climate change. We will do all of this with guests in our traditional Cuban way of openness, talking, listening, lectures, workshops, roundtables, honesty, eating, drinking… and, why not, a little more talking.!

Please browse the following pages for more information, and feel free to contact us if you have any queries.