OK so Ive networked with a valuable contact while being here in the Philippines. A local Rotarian who also is a retired Doctor and has his own reforestation project as a hobby, where he has planted various native hardwoods including a local mahogany. Anyways ive told him about my desire to create an Eco village and Permaculture farm, and he is willing to introduce me to a director at the Dept. of Nature reserves here in Cebu, and Id like suggestions and ideas on how to craft my proposal or deliver my project idea The other post here gives an outline https://forums.permaculturenews.org...culture-Investment-Opportunity-Draft-Feedback of a draft of a potential eco village investment project that doesnt look like its going ahead, and my thoughts are that the goal of the DNR is to preserve native flora and fauna in a beneficial way, with maximum benefit to the local community and the economy The area is in a 'watershed' conservation zone, so therefore it cannot be bought or sold, which gives an added benefit to participants as the property/real estate market in the Philippines is still in a bit of a 'wild-west' level of maturity, where it can be difficult to have the same property rights we are used to in Australia and western countries. The Dr believes there may be a lot of problems in working this land as there are many locals living on the land who need sustaining as well as local cultural differences and so on. He seems to believe it will be expensive to plant a large food forest but I think he is coming at the idea from the traditional linear approach where permaculture design is a multifaceted strategic multi-element approach I think perhaps doing a broad and general design over a large overlay map, but mostly focusing on a proposal that follows the templates and lingo that governments and their typical NGO associates are used to~thoughts?