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Chris Evans


  • Dip.Perm.Des., Nepal




Chris started his career as a VSO volunteer in a community forestry programme in Nepal after graduating in Forestry in the UK.


Based in the remote western district of Jajarkot, he quickly realised the shortfalls of international development and so in 1988, when he came across the concept of Permaculture, he embarked on an ambitious alternative.


Starting with a local friend, £500 and an acre of degraded farmland in the district centre of Jajarkot he founded a demonstration and training centre which grew organically into the Jajarkot Permaculture Programme (JPP), a diverse array of projects spanning 4 districts, 65 villages, 8 resource centres (working farms), 120 staff and volunteers, and a membership of 12,000 farmers.


He stayed with the JPP until 2001 when he started to work with community groups which were spawned from the original programme.


In 2002 he started work with a small international charity, Appropriate Technology Asia (ATA), which works in remote and high altitude areas of India, China and Nepal.


He is currently directing ATA's Nepal programmes, working in the district of Humla, one of the remotest areas of the country. ATA's local partner in Nepal is the Himalayan Permaculture Group, of which Chris is an advisor. Beside his grass-roots experience in Nepal, Chris has taught permaculture in India, UK, U.S.A. and Mexico.





Here is a very inspiring interview done with Chris in November 2003,

where he describes in his own words about his trajectory as a permaculture pioneer.









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