On the Path to Construction: Tamera Applies to Change Local Land Use Classification.

The PIER Process

Tamera's goal is to create an innovative human settlement, as a model for the future. We are planning buildings and facilities to accommodate several hundred residents; as well for hosting conferences, meetings, and educational seminars of the global peace movement. In every aspect of its work, the Healing Biotope is becoming more and more ecologically and socially sustainable; it enables human beings and nature to coexist in trust and contact. 


Creating this model of sustainable settlement—and doing so with the support of local and regional authorities—will require that the official land use classifications for our site be changed. Functional self-sufficiency, regional autonomy, natural construction techniques, new forms of shared residency, natural water management, and cooperation with nature; require more innovative use of the land than is currently possible. Therefore, the Tamera community has applied for a change of the land use classification, and has started what is called the PIER process (Plano de Intervenção em Espaço Rural – Intervention Plan in Rural Areas). In August the municipality of Odemira decided to accompany us in the PIER process. Subsequently, the Termos de Referencia—the description of the plan—was published in the county; no objection was raised by the population. Therefore, the contract for the formal drafting of the plan, and for the payment, can be signed soon.


As we go through our PIER process, we believe we are clearing a path for others. Some pioneers also exist in Canada, the US, and Wales; together we are setting a precedent for future projects, which will face similar issues as they grow. Tamera will show the way into a sustainable future—a future worth living—in the Alentejo, a region which seems very poor by conventional measures, yet which is truly rich.


We are working on plans to present the vision of Tamera to others. We are researching the question: What effects do human infrastructure, ecological construction, sustainable energy production, and the growing water retention landscape, have on the local development of flora and fauna? 

We believe that our cooperation with the authorities will be mutually beneficial. Ideally, the ecologically sustainable management and construction techniques used in Tamera will be integrated into the political and regulatory landscape of the region. The continued development of Tamera, as a model human settlement, will be observed and documented scientifically. 

According to our current understanding, the process will take at least 18 months after the signing of the contract; foreseeable costs amount to 150,000 €.

This money will be used to pay an external team of specialists in architecture, landscape planning, construction law, environmental expertise, planning, precise cartography, etc.. Tamera itself will finance the internal planning and administration necessary for the PIER.

We kindly ask for your support. With financial contributions; with your suggestions about foundations and subsidy programs which might help; and with your specialized know-how and knowledge; you can help make this dream come true.

Many, many thanks in advance, and warm regards from our think tank, the “idea hatchery.” 


The Tamera PIER-Team:


Petra Finkernagel, Peter Koll, Barbara Kovats und Christoph Ulbig 

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