- To design and build family focused, eco-friendly natural-style community gardens for communities around the world that have been devastated by war; natural disaster or economic disaster;
- To establish an ongoing garden maintenance strategy in conjunction with the host community that will seek to incorporate education, employment, health and financial benefits to ensure that the garden’s benefit will be sustainable ongoing to the community within which it will be constructed;
- To raise funds for the costs associated with the design and construction of each garden;
- To promote an international and local collaborative approach that is apoliticaland non-religious to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.
Global Gardens of Peace will focus on an integrated and long-term perspective in all its projects, including economic, environmental, and social outcomes. Goals will be evaluated against the overall benefits that are provided by the project. In some instances, there may be a priority to achieve a specific outcome that could restrict the ideal in meeting other outcomes. For example, a certain water source may not be the most sustainable in terms of energy, but it may be the only viable way to establish a long-term garden landscape that has a multitude of other benefits for the community.
The project outcomes and values are clustered under empowerment, education and stewardship as follows:
We will pursue the opportunity and means for local communities to have strong involvement in our projects, contribute skills and or to build on their own expertise. This involves:
- respecting local culture and language
- providing access for all people including marginalised groups to enjoy the landscape and facilities
- training programs, employment prospects
- supporting local economy and industry
- engaging local artistic, scientific and technical expertise
- collaborating with local governments, land owners and other agencies that share GGoP values
- supply of materials, project construction and maintenance.
Projects will be designed to provide the opportunity for education programs to develop expertise and understanding in the following areas:
- horticulture practices
- growing of edible plants and food security
- environmental management
- value of green spaces for human health and wellbeing, and ecosystem services like environmental cooling, pollution control and treatment
- renewable energy, recycling and sustainability.
Our philosophy is that ‘Gardens are Forever’ and require a long term outlook in their design, construction, maintenance, and the benefits they provide. We will seek to deliver on the following:
- sustainable funding, support and resourcing
- renewable and local sources of energy, water and materials
- plant selection (including indigenous species) appropriate to the local environment and climate
- design for future climate change projections
- minimise the risk of introducing invasive species
- consider population demographics, growth and future demand for landscape services
- support and improve local biodiversity.