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Desert or Paradise: Restoring Endangered Landscapes Using Water Management, Including Lakes and Pond Construction (Anglais) Broché – 27 décembre 2012

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27 internautes sur 32 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
It's good but... 29 juillet 2013
Par puke skybarfer - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I'm familiar with Holzer's work from his first book "Sepp Holzer's Permaculture". I felt that this book was an expansion on what he started in the first book so there is a bit of overlap and repeat. I found "Desert or Paradise" a bit slow, he talked a lot about the problems but not a whole lot about solutions. Sure, restoring the hydro-logical balance and putting water back into the area is indeed a solution but i would have liked a little more detail. He gave different examples but they were all basically the same: i built a pond/lake. He only uses 10 pages to discuss how he goes about building these ponds and lakes and at least half of those pages are pictures. I would have appreciated some diagrams or more details. He says start small to experiment and gain experience first (page 66.) Yeah, if the earth is in such ruins as he describes maybe the trial and error process isn't such a grand idea to fix things. If we are supposed to start small, why not put out plans for something small that people could use on their own property that's more shovel and pickax as opposed to heavy machinery? What better way to start small and gain the experience we need! Maybe it's just me, before i get into the experimenting stage i like to copy someone's example first so i have the basic knowledge and know how down first.

I found this book to be more "new age" then his previous one in that he talks about reading and feeling nature. There is a part where he talks about eating meat and how he feels spiritually clean when eating non-factory farmed meat and feeling just the opposite when eating factory farmed meat. While i have no problem with that, if he wants to convince people and governments to adopt his methods, bringing up "magic" isn't going to convince anyone but hippies. A proper conscious and a clean spirit are last on the list of things governments care about, sorry Sepp.

My advice: buy his first book. After that, try getting this book at a library or from a friend first and then determine if you want to buy it after having read it.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Misleading title. 8 décembre 2013
Par zhu - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
So, I bought this book thinking I'd learn plenty of ways to turn a landscape into a catchment system... There was maybe one or two chapters even relevant to the title of the book. Sepp goes on and on about the industrial food system, big corporations, far-out mushroom-shaped..water catchment apparatuses, animal husbandry. What does all this have to do with water management again? Seems like he jammed all these pictures and his opinions on everything in the world into the book just to fill up enough space to boost it up to a really hefty 200 pages of terribly written reading.

I read plenty of books, some which I love enough to buy 2nd and 3rd copies of to give away because I consider them indespensable knowledge. I felt like this book was more or less a total waste of time.
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Excellent book, title matches content 8 janvier 2014
Par jayessdub - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Let me start this review by describing what this book is not. This is not a book that describes how to build a pond. This isn't a book that describes how to grow lemons in the Alps.

The book gives Sepp's principles for restoring land. First, he describes how the land becomes degraded. Secondly, he explains that water is the key to the fix. Thirdly, he describes ways to use the water to effect change.

There are diagrams and real world examples. Sepp also gives instructions for building equipment he uses, such as the monk, ring waterer, etc. Example plans for a farm are given.

This is a great book. My only knock against it would be translation. The english is muddy in a couple places.
9 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Sepp Holzer Ecology is an earth saving revelation in ecology, hydrology and human caused degradation. 4 avril 2013
Par Seth D Peterson - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Sepp is able to take a degraded landscape, where nothing grows and through building water retention areas like ponds and lakes, brings the area back to life. It is a very advanced form of permaculture that he practices, and it is based on his profound understanding of nature and natural systems all based on his own vast experience. you see, Sepp started doing this as a child in the Austrian Alps. Developing his techniques by watching Mother Nature. Through observation he learned to read what he calls 'the book of nature' and apply those principle to build food forests that are unrivaled. His home high in the alps is a paradise of fruit trees, and other edibles, mixed in with ponds and beds all terraced on the steep slopes of the alps. Meanwhile his neighbors are barely able to grow pine for lumber. It has to be seen to be believed.

This book shows his large multi million euro projects restoring totally degraded areas into paradises in very short time. It gives you the examples and the techniques he uses. Sepp holzer is one of the only people alive who can build ponds and lakes without using a liner or cement, here he shows us how it can be done. Turning deserts into paradises through water retention and habitat regeneration.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Five stars aren't enough 1 janvier 2014
Par Mary Wether - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Apart from being a fascinating story (as his other books are as well); the practical information given, such as how to build ponds so they maintain themselves (long ponds oriented toward the wind, with multiple levels of depth); the shocking story of the desertification spreading across southern Europe; and the sensible, balanced approach to healing whatever bits of nature you can, are more than worth the price of the book.

I suspected the pond I wanted to design was going to turn into a scummy, stagnant mess, but didn't know what to do about it. Now I do.

His explanation of how governments actively create havoc and damage by their policies, and discourage good land management won't cheer you up, but they are informative.

In my own area, homeowners are not allowed to cut more than three 8-inch diameter trees a year without government permission, whether they own 1/10 of an acre, or ten acres. This, despite the fact that the forest is choked and overgrown. The trees are so overcrowded (often only 3 or 4 feet apart) that they are spindly and weak, and we often have forest fires.

All of Sepp Holzer's books are worth having, and keeping on your bookshelf as a permanent reference.
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