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Permaculture principles are a set of guiding ethics and design concepts that inform sustainable and regenerative practices inspired by natural ecosystems. Developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, these principles provide a framework for designing harmonious and productive systems that work with nature rather than against it. While there are various interpretations and adaptations of permaculture principles, some common themes include:

  1. Observing and interacting: Careful observation of natural patterns and interactions to inform design decisions.
  2. Catch and store energy: Utilizing renewable resources and capturing energy for productive use.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensuring that systems provide valuable yields and benefits for people and the environment.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: Monitoring and adjusting systems based on feedback to maintain balance and resilience.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Prioritizing the use of renewable resources and ecosystem services to minimize environmental impact.
  6. Produce no waste: Designing systems to minimize waste and cycle nutrients and resources.
  7. Design from patterns to details: Understanding and replicating natural patterns and processes in design.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: Creating diverse and interconnected systems to maximize efficiency and resilience.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Implementing gradual and manageable changes to create long-term sustainability.
  10. Use and value diversity: Recognizing the strength and resilience that diversity brings to ecosystems and human communities.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: Leveraging the diversity and productivity found at the edges of ecosystems and systems.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: Embracing change as an opportunity for innovation and adaptation.

These principles guide practitioners in designing sustainable landscapes, food systems, communities, and lifestyles that prioritize ecological health, social equity, and economic resilience.