Tamera Water Retention Landscape in Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2012

Colos, Portugal: Feb. 14, 2012

The “Water Retention Landscape Team” led by Bernd Walter Mueller, Silke Paulick and Christoph Ulbig is proud to announce that we have taken on the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Our entry will be published in Idea Index 1.0 (http://challenge.bfi.org/ideaindexon Tuesday, February 14, 2012. 


Named "Socially-Responsible Design's Highest Award" by Metropolis Magazine, the Challenge is an annual international prize program that awards $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a solution that has significant potential to solve humanity's most pressing problems. 

We are thrilled to be a part of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge review process, which brings together influential design science leaders such as Josè Zaglul, Vandana Shiva, Danny Hillis, William McDonough, John Thackara, Hunter Lovins, Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons.


More about the Water Retention Landscape

Facing the variety and depth of today's global problems I can see that there is a key point for the solution: It is the right treatment of water.” (Bernd Walter Mueller) 

 The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera is being built since 2007 with the help of Permaculture expert Sepp Holzer from Austria. With all the positive effects we see already now we can clearly see that it is a model for natural decentralized water management, restoration of damaged ecosystems and disaster prevention. It is a basis for reforestation, agriculture and aquaculture, especially in regions threatened by desertification, and is an integral part of a comprehensive model for sustainability in water, food, energy and social structures. 

From April 27-29, 2012 we will host the 2nd International Water Symposium together with the GRACE Foundation in Tamera, sharing this knowledge and experience with international experts and decision takers. 

The resonance we received is overwhelming. Now we face the situation that we need to raise more funds to cover the travel expenses of speakers and specialists especially from poor countries who cannot cover their costs by own means. We still need around 20 000 Euros. 
We are thankful for every donation. 
The money will be used 100 % to cover the costs of participants in Tamera!
Donate here!

The Water Symposium is also open for guests. Please contact us for more information. Welcome! 


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We encourage all our cooperation partners, supporters and friends to participate in our project by joining BFI's online community. Please visit the BFI website and submit your comments: http://challenge.bfi.org/ideaindex


We expect to be a serious contender for the award, and winning the Challenge would be a tremendous honor, but we are also very excited about the opportunity to become part of a network that is advancing and accelerating the practice of comprehensive, whole systems thinking and design to develop the kind of high impact global solutions we so desperately need.  

We look forward to an engaging review process, and should our project win, we plan to leverage the $100k to take a next step towards landscape healing in connection with the Water Retention Landscape in Tamera. More specifically we will use the money to build terraces along the lakesides in the south valley of Tamera and to start with reforestation and permaculture there. We will plant and sow thousands of fruit, nut and other trees, vegetables and herbs to establish mixed forests and „edible landscapes.”

Another part of the money will be used for networking and knowledge transfer, especially for scholarships in the frame of the Global Campus to educate international students in Tamera in building water retention landscapes in their home countries. 


We are proud to be affiliated with this important Challenge. Stay tuned!



Monika Berghoff