The complexity of the challenges facing humanity in the world today demands a response that is effective, regenerative, long-lasting, socially-empowering and one that reduces the risk of further disasters.
There is a divide between the approaches of the established humanitarian sector and the emerging community-led initiatives that seek environmentally sound solutions to meeting human needs. We are motivated by the idea of bridging this gap and demonstrating how a systemic and interconnected approach can deliver long-term results for mitigation, adaptation, preparedness and recovery in disasters, while reducing long-term costs.
Photo: Flood-proof homes in Sindh, Pakistan, from lime stabilised soil after capacity building programme carried out by Strawbuild, a member of the Blueprint network, in partnership with IOM, DfiD and local NGO HANDS. Credit: Bee Rowan (2012).
The Blueprint Network is an alliance of multidisciplinary practitioners from the humanitarian and sustainability sectors. We collaborate in research, development, promotion and capacity building of integrated and regenerative design solutions that can foster resilience in vulnerable communities around the world.
Our mission is to develop a community of practice and a learning network that produces knowledge on practical solutions and integrated regenerative design in the areas of: shelter, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), energy, food, education, livelihoods and participation.
We aim to create a platform for synergistic exchange; build a network of practitioners;a database of resources and best practice; support the development of training and demonstration centres and facilitate project design and on-the-ground consultancy through the professional bodies of our alliance and wider network. We are available to support governments, NGOs and the humanitarian sector as well as affected communities.
Our Areas of Expertise
As an alliance, Blueprint offers and integrates expertise in the areas of:
- Integrated watershed management
- Surface water drainage, water retention and water distribution systems
- Integrated sewage treatment and faecal sludge management
- 'Wealth out of Waste' and resource recovery and reuse
- Food sovereignty, urban agriculture and agroecology
- Flood-proof and earthquake-proof low-cost natural building
- Decentralised energy systems, including biogas and solar technology for generation of mechanical, electrical and thermal energy
- Whole system, closed-loop site design
- Training design and delivery
- Technical and instructional illustration
- Sustainable livelihoods
- Participatory design and governance
In all of the above areas, the members of our alliance and partner organisations can collaborate to offer:
Please contact us for more information.
Paulo Mellett was an environmental activist and fierce advocate of the use of integrated regenerative design techniques, a.k.a Permaculture, for building resilient communities. He helped shape a new approach to supporting grassroots groups and farmers that has made a profound difference to many lives. In 2014, after battling with the effects of malaria, caught while implementing a water retention landscape project in Ghana, Paulo passed away at the age of 36. At his memorial gathering many of his colleagues, teachers and coworkers gathered and decided to carry on his integrative vision and underlying values. After a second meeting in the same year at the Solar Testfield, in Tamera, Southern Portugal, joining forces with his colleagues there, Blueprint was born. May the energy released in the passing of Paulo Mellett be harnessed by each one of us to create a world where we can all lead fulfilling lives in trust that our basic needs are met, in cooperation with each other and our planet.
You can find out more about Paulo Mellett, his life and legacy on the RUG website.