Looking to Nature for Solutions

On November 11th Thrive Hout Bay and Informal South hosted a Biomimicry Immersion workshop at the Silvermine Homestead for a variety of Hout Bay community members and environmental professionals. ReGenerous Cities LLC presented a full day of activities and presentations on how communities can address water management, carbon sequestration, diversity of native species, solar energy gain, storm mitigation, pollution, and local food production by taking lessons from nature itself. According to the Biomimicry Institute, “Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies—new ways of living—that are well-adapted to life on earth over the long haul”.

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In/Formal South has started the process for a shared learning journey in Hout Bay to discover how Hout Bay can use Biomimicry to implement innovative ways to address the water and waste challenges in our environment and communities. The goal is to use this process as a catalyst to link together the people of Hout Bay as stewards of their shared environment, enhancing the beauty that people treasure; while creating business and job opportunities, underpinned by social well-being objectives.

At the workshop the brainstorming began as participants took lessons from Biomimicry design principles and mechanism examples and directly applied them to Hout Bay’s existing water and waste challenges. These new ideas will launch a more formal planning process steered by Informal South as the community is continuously engaged to shift these problems towards innovative and sustainable solutions.


For more information on Biomimicry visit  http://www.asknature.org/  and http://biomimicry.org/

The invitation is open for participating in this shared learning journey. if you would like to find out more about this work or if you would like to be involved in the Community of Change for Hout Bay’s water and waste issues, please contact Claire Mollatt via email claire@informalsouth.co.za, sms to 073 056 3985, or phone 021 795 0365