The European Permaculture Institute was originally based in Steyerberg, Germany and managed by Declan Kennedy. In 1996 it moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, to the office of Tony Andersen. In 2006 the Institute was converted into The Permaculture Council for Europe.
Since 1992, the Permaculture Council has organized 12 European Permaculture Convergences. Meetings of the council have also happened in between these convergences.
While the council tried to implement democratic procedures of voting for the members of the council, its main work in recent years focused on finding the hosts of the next European Permaculture Convergence (EuPC). There has always been a long “wish list” for what the council could / should be doing but it never had the resources to get this going.
At the EuPC 2012 in Germany, a large group of people stepped forward as council members – out of which only a very small number of people actually kept the work going.
During the EuPC in Bulgaria in July 2014, several meetings of council members and other interested people were held. After an initial meeting in which the participants shared what they think the council is and should be, it was agreed that a process would be started in which a vision of permaculture in Europe would be created. A smaller group of people used the results of the vision workshop and of various council working group meetings to formulate a first draft of a „Vision, Mission and Aims“-statement for permaculture in Europe.
From this, 11 people stepped up to move this statement forward to prepare a strategy for a European Permaculture Network (EuPN) and to create a proposal. This now goes out to the existing permaculture organisations in Europe to create a wide basis of understanding, as we want the EuPN to be a mutually supportive network to make a difference across Europe.
The aim of this process is to join forces by creating closer connections between already existing structures and initiatives and to support those that are on the verge of formation to come into existence. We
The EuPN is not a top-down decision making body. The EuPN is intended to be a network of national and regional organisations and networks which decide who is their delegate / representative – who can then cooperate and create proposals to be discussed and ratified on national and regional levels. The EuPN will then collect and publish who ratified which proposal on its website.