WATER IS LIFE – The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera
WATER IS LIFE – The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera

[Music] you [Music] buzzer mislead water is life water is the most important thing the whole world is 70% water dearly Alice we animals everything’s 70% water water is a key issue for the survival of humankind on this planet Nature has provided enough water everywhere on earth but a billion people do not have sufficient access to clean drinking water more and more regions lack the water to grow the food they need centralized systems of artificial water management cannot solve this problem we need decentralized systems of natural water management we are in tomorrow Peace Research Center in southern Portugal where a water retention landscape has been under development since summer 2007 band mola is responsible for tomorrow’s ecological research work notes why thousands even Hut in Vienna Gemeinschaft a merida frog in 2007 the community of tomorrow still had the question whether a site of this size threatened by desertification could provide food water and energy for 300 people we visited SAP Holzer and asked him this question and he bought us this gift the vision of a water landscape Sepp Holzer an Austrian mountain farmer is a well-known specialist and visionary for permaculture and landscape healing water is always at the core of his work [Music] Vassar is give me use closely copy done for me water is the most important capital wherever it’s possible you should create retention spaces and collect the rainwater and relearn with the water how to maintain a balance this is the most important thing because once you’ve created the right hydrological balance 70% of the work is done you help rich vegetation to develop diversity because nature can reveal itself and develop in the right way [Music] [Music] and it’s liza-lu activated is maybe it’s not kind easy to add Zeon traveling through the world I have not seen a single situation nation or land in which the development of a water-retention landscape would not give the first important healing impulses in many parts of the world countries are not able to feed their population anymore they have been unable to maintain their natural wildlife for a long time as a consultant in many countries zebb holds our sees the consequence of deforestation monoculture over grazing and industrial agriculture all these factors destroy the natural water balance so talk lyndie boon hours so I get this merciful Lord when the soil is drying out water is being lost and the retention space the natural water storage system of the earth is becoming dry then the flora and fauna disappear in the end the land will turn into desert or burn because it’s so dry you can see these problems happening all over the world bringing huge catastrophes – doubt ring conquer dodge stim and the heavy rains come anyway what happens then the water rushes down the slopes because the dry soil does not absorb the water when the soil is hotter than the falling rain it rejects the water only when the soil is cooler when the vegetation is giving shadows then it attracts the water let’s succeed in Sean Bouchard Dunlop cheated us wash Sun and soap so this is the construction site for a new water retention space in Tamera wherever you work with soil you can read the signs of erosion topsoil should actually form a thick living layer everywhere on the ground which enables rainwater to filter in but this layer has been eroded away now the top so lies in layers many meters thick in the bottom of valleys or is found as mud in rivers the surface of fields and sights higher up is depleted and barren decentralized water retention landscapes give the rainwater time to filter back into the earth body image in T seldom wrong image in T seldom Patinkin Bo Sheldon does Master here comment people always have the same questions always the same worries where will all this water come from in such dusty dry soil without streams or a river how can I build a like here dimension Amazon for for Lent this enthalpy beat the needle art and seeing as ordinary from all people have simply lost the knowledge of how to use the catchment areas and the rain the blessing of the water in the right way when I use the catchment area then a pond or lake will fill very quickly [Music] [Music] how much water can change a landscape in a short time we can see here comparing to Mara before the creation of lake one and today [Music] Vassar lunch of new water retention landscapes can be built everywhere anywhere on earth a water retention space must not be sealed with concrete or plastic it is enough to build a dam out of natural material at the narrowest point of a valley you dig a ditch until you reach an impermeable layer on that solid ground you apply layer after layer of fine material like moist clay and drive on it and roll it to build the water barrier this water barrier is the core of the damn ocean Nima kudos group material for the outside of the dam I take course material doesn’t have to be dense and waterproof of course I will also have to compact it by driving on it and rolling it and like this I build the hole down the water barrier in the core and on the outside in a slope of 1/2 to 1 meter up and 2 meters along like this I build the two layers together up to the top you [Music] the water retention spaces have winding banks shallow and deep zones are diverse vegetation water plants and are built aligned to the prevailing wind direction this way the water is always moving is enriched by oxygen and thus is naturally purified the water in a water-retention landscape stays fresh and alive by itself third in Bahia routing borders Aston Villa den seolin’s home since we created the first retention space we can already keep much of the water from the winter rain falls on the land in this way it can unfold its full healing capacity the wildlife is responding it is returning and the vegetation is recovering we can plant fruit trees again the forests recover and we can grow our food for people for animals in the direct surroundings of the first retention space [Music] the water which used to run away and which is now stored here is at the same time also having an impact on the whole groundwater system when China meows Nia is an eclair under hive diseases and stung in the first year a spring developed below this lake which now gives water throughout the year since we built this first dam we no longer have such big variations with a lot of flowing water in winter when it’s raining and droughts in the summer we have a more constant water situation throughout the year which is of course a huge benefit for nature but that’s not really an reason given Yasuda guns in a tool [Music] [Music] [Music] nature shows you how this works you just have to ask her after contact her to communicate with her then you will be fine anywhere on earth ask nature think with her and not against her put yourself in her place and you get all the answers you need make room in your head so that natural thinking has space to happen down here fear 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65 thoughts on “WATER IS LIFE – The Water Retention Landscape of Tamera”

  1. Ricardo Braun says:

    The water retention dam was a cleaver solution for the community, as shown in the film. It was built basically for the community.
    However water dams have pros and contras such as the creation of a micro-climate and evaporation, elevation of the phreatic sheet, dams alter the flow regimes and physical habitats, sediment transport, water temperature and chemistry. A population of algae, benthic macroinvertebrates, riparian vegetation, and resident and migratory fish will be created with the dam.

  2. Thomas Seiger says:

    great message.. but this kind of translation disturbes me as i watch it.. subtitles would have been better imho.

  3. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    @artonair as you are from Austria, you probably can enjoy the German version: /watch?v=2MJllVO3tLI

  4. ThanksgivingWalk says:

    "Ask nature, and think with/like her," (loosely translated). Love that thought. Very pleasant video to watch. Sepp has yet again helped to create another Eden on Earth. We're so blessed with such an abundant earth and teachers like Sepp.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    TGW – United States – Louisiana

  5. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    @ricbraun1 The big dams built on this earth create a huge environmental damage and in fact have more contras than pros! But the water retention spaces are alternatives that empower the people to create autonomy food and water. The negative effects of dams will not appear in these decentralized and natural systems if they are built in the right way.

  6. Ricardo Braun says:


    Thanks for the reply.

    Good luck

  7. tj21bem says:

    Sepp Holzer is a very generous hero! Please post more videos on the creation of these water catchment areas step-by-step.

  8. vidaripollen says:

    very nice video.

  9. catfish banjo says:


  10. SaraHeartsGirls says:

    @GMgracemedia They do create autonomy, which is great. Is it possible though, that certain things that we think are beneficial have adverse effects that we are unaware of? A bad example of this would be compact fluorescent light bulbs vs. incandescent, there is a trade off of mercury exposure for increased efficiency. Thanks!

  11. Florian Raffel says:

    Thank you, Laila, Douglas and Ludwig! Beautiful and so important video!

  12. 77GSlinger says:

    Viktor Schauberger tried to teach these truths 80 years ago and practically no one would listen to him. Perhaps mankind has come to the point where we can learn these principles and manifest free energy technologies based on water and air implosion. Great work! I have visited Portugal and it is a magical place. Many Blessings

  13. Marcel says:

    Thank you for sharing this!

  14. Angel Mighty says:

    Why would someone dislike such great work?!!

  15. Swansen03 says:

    this is a lot different than geoff lawton's ideas of water management. He does use ponds, but, usually he builds swales that catch water near the top of the property on contour so that the water drains into the soil as it goes down hill. He doesn't want to keep the water on the surface, but wants it to drain into the soil. Basically, not collecting at the lowest point, catching it, and draining it into the soil at the highest point before it reaches the lower points.

  16. Emerson White says:

    Small dams are better than big dams, but there are still costs to water retention landscapes. Tamera relies on the catchment upstream, if someone came in upstream from tamera and built their own water retention landscape then the people of tamera would be in danger of starving. Tamera was built in the middle of some badly damaged land, so they improved the landscape,but there are places where doing this would be damaging the land.

  17. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    Danger of starving? Not at all. Water retention is a benefit also for the areas downstream. Different from dams, it does not take water away, but gives it time to infiltrate the soil in a large area. It makes the water flow in a smooth and stable way and protects of droughts and floods further down.

  18. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    Since Tamera builds the water landscape,a spring popped up and provides downstream areas with a permanent flow of best quality water, even in summer!
    I don´t know which kind of landscape would be damaged by water retention.But of course it is at first place a possibility for renaturation in areas which are damaged through erosion, deforestation, floods, or droughts.
    However, it is true that building water retention spaces is work and thus costs money, if you are not doing it with your own hands.

  19. Emerson White says:

    But Tamera doesn't need protection from droughts and floods. Tamera needs a large catchment area, which 'Tamera 2' would deprive them of. Tamera needs those flood in order to fill their reservoir and push up their water table and humidity. If they lost those floods then they would lose their water and lose their food. The rainfall in that part of the world can only maintain such a lush environment if it is amplified through a large catchment.

  20. ScopedOUT2 says:

    This wasn't a dam, it was just an artificially made lake fed by rain water.

  21. Hangerlane The Earthman says:

    Well done Sepp Holzer again and again ,no guns ,just pure common sense as ammunition for life.We need to start choosing how we survive, Guns ,dictatorship ,or common sense and a feel of taking a small important piece of your life back.
    Its simple really the answer the difficulty is us ,who caused the problem in the first place.
    6.48 on the vid says all ,,PEOPLE HAVE LOST THE KNOWLEDGE

    Bless .

  22. Wayne Osmand says:

    Is that Sir Geoff doing some of the voice over?

  23. Catharina Zentralsonne says:

    Great work you are doing, Sepp Holzer!

  24. shoopdeedoop says:

    Actually it is fairly similar, look at Sepps other videos and you see, he does try to retain water and let it seep naturally into the surrounding soil. Sepp also builds swales into his landscapes but he calls them by a different name. Basically on his property he uses terraces and swales, as well as "hugelkultur" raised beds. All of which are designed to allow water to permeate into the soil.

  25. shoopdeedoop says:

    All deserts and Mediterranean type climates can benefit from this type of water retention. Yes, deserts do need protection from floods! It is a common misconception that they do not, when in fact the lack of top soil causes flash floods during even small amounts of rainfall. If the springs and ground water increase the micro climate is improved, thus allowing for more rainfall in the area as well.

  26. Emerson White says:

    But Tamera is up on the hills side. Deserts do need protection from floods in general, but Tamera is probably up on a 10,000 year flood plain. A flood that big would break the dam of 'Tamera 2' anyways. So when they need the protection they haven't got it.

  27. Swansen03 says:

    i'm not sure if i can put this lightly, but, did you read what i wrote or? did you reply to me on accident meaning to reply to someone else? i don't see how anything you said applies to what i was saying or the content of this video.? I understand those concepts, i've seen Sepp's other works, and i've done similar things before. i'm not discrediting ponds, but like in this video, or on flat surfaces where contour catchment is not possible(no grade), you pump from the pond

  28. freedom dove says:

    I think it's a wonderful concept and I admire Sepp's vision for a sustainable future and his dedication. Why waste all that rainwater by letting it flow away when it's so badly needed by people and the environment? It's going to rain the same amount whether we catch and reuse it or not. He's not damming rivers, so the outcome isn't the same and can't be compared to conventional dams. It's just catching rainwater like I do in my rain barrels; just on a much larger and more efficient scale.

  29. Michelle Efendi says:

    agreed! i didn't like how the man said – or was it the translator who translating the information as – I build like this.. I wish it was instead "We." his efforts are not alone.

  30. Tyrr Vangeel says:

    Some people might be unable to read.

  31. tax deduction says:

    if you have problem in your eyes you won't be able to see the text in the video.

  32. Ahlam Tarayra says:

    Hey! I happened to watch this video with Arabic subtitles and I need it now to be played for arabic speaking students and can't find it. Does anybody know where can I find that version?

  33. Aida Shibli says:

    please just go to the sign cc and its there

  34. Ahlam Tarayra says:

    Retarded me! 😉

    Cheers Aida!

  35. Eric Goetz says:

    it hurts the eyes though!

  36. GamlGandalf says:

    Let's say you want to feed approx. 5 persons in an area which is stoney and appear to be dry on a hill but still wet enough that there are waterefficient plants growing like olives for example. Can a sea stay stable in a dry area once it became green? And how big should the pond be? How much does it cost to dig a whole let's say 2km long and 1km weight and 3 meter deep in an european price? Is there a need for an entry and exit at the pond so the water keeps being refreshed?

  37. GamlGandalf says:

    I just found out that a pond 2km to 1km with a depth of 3 mtr is extremely expensive, especially on a stony ground. I would drop one 0 each, so that 200mtr to 100 mtr with a depth of 3 mtr is still something like 45.000 Euro if it costs 1,50 Euro per m³. That's so crazy. Sepp Holzer spend a lot of money for the ponds on his ground.
    Maybe it is better to buy an excavator straight away and to dig your own.

  38. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    @GamiGandalf: The idea with the water retention spaces (=lakes) is not to dig them but to use the natural shape of a landscape like a valley and build an earth dam at the narrowest spot. For this you have to dig only the deep zone to get the material for the dam, and the part of the valley will be flooded. It still is expensive – but not quite as much as you say. And such a big lake would also not be necessary – but this depends on the general situations.

  39. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    However – as there are situations in very poor countries maybe without any diggers available there are examples where people built dams only with spades – using all kinds of material. Please have a look at the work of Rajendrah Singh in Rajastan, who presented his work on the Water Symposium 2012 in Tamera. The principle is the same, the methods are simpler, but highly effective. Good luck.

  40. GamlGandalf says:

    So I only have to use the already existing landscape with its ups and downs to dig a further deepening into the already existing deep zone. Then I push the outtaken dirt to the outskirts around the deeper area. You are right. That should be a much smaller area to be worked on. Thanks. 🙂 Then I better look out for a dynamic landscape.

    BTW: I stumbled over the jena-hof, one of the less lucky projects. I hope I will never have to face such a disappointment like that. 🙁

  41. Roxanne Sterling-Falkenstein says:

    contact at directly at holzeragroecology world wide web address

  42. Tamera - Healing Biotope 1 says:

    Hi, I'm sorry for not replying. I was too busy.
    Grace Media has the copyright of this video material…not Holzer.
    Please contact me at ls(AT)grace-media. org and tell me more about you project. Generally I'm totally willing to share the footage, just wanna know for what.

  43. Boddah Meep says:

    Holzer a living legend, he might not be a people person but he is a hero!

  44. Sandra Peham says:

    SEPP HOLZER is living and working at his NEW farm, the "Holzerhof", in the south of Austria.


  45. Stetson Griffin says:

    This is great stuff !!! But what are we to do with the melt downs at japans fukushima diichi nuclear plant? The cores are in the ground.!

  46. Kevin Button says:

    Waow I'm impressed. very informative, direct and easy to follow. Excellent video and excellent work at Tamera, Best of Luck!!

  47. Tony Dittmer says:

    Sepp is the MAN!

  48. Rolf Arne Soergaard says:

    brilliant (I'm into landscaping myself)

  49. gfdgf2 says:

    beautifull… thank you. can you elaborate on this water retention technique? like with an animation or something?

  50. Daniel Vale says:

    alguem envie isto ao passos

  51. Marius Chirita says:

    True leadership, thank you for your work Sepp.

  52. Farida Alluch says:

    How do you seal the the whole surface to avoid infiltration of the water?

  53. Sampson Yuexiang says:

    Good ,We professional supply enzyme and bacteria compound probiotic for Biological deodorant forArtificial ponds,landscape water ,river,lake water cleaning .may we can be good partener

  54. Rehema Nzilani says:

    My neighbor told me I had to visit Simply Love Gardening (search google for it!). I learned a lot there

  55. Bitch, I ain't the dog, You are the dog says:


  56. Inge Leonora-den Ouden says:

    This looks like a nice environment to stay (for a while).

  57. Rachel Latvala says:

    I have shared this video so many times. Go Sepp!

  58. Hulagu Kahn says:

    Water management is the climate change problem; plain and simple.

  59. suresh pitre says:

    Planting solar panels on top of pond would result in less evaporation and free electricity for pumping. Sounds very costly but very effective but this concept has been proved in Gujrat.

  60. Greatest I Am says:

    Thy Will be done Creator of all that is, was and will ever be.

  61. dontDoxmebro says:

    You can no longer find this video in search, unless you type the full word out. love the goolage censorship rolling through

  62. Paula Maria Gonzalez Morel says:

    Halo… Sepp oder Bern Ich heise Paula und habe ein kleine stück land gekauft auserhalb Pucon Chile um Heilkräute anzubauen und ein Heilzenter zu öfnen. Ein unglaubliche Blick über die Anden und Parque National Huerquehue. Hüpch… 2 fläche und ein …pendiente. Ideal um ein Waterretention pull zu machen. Aber ich möchte kein plastick benutzen… um das Wasser zu behalten wenn ich in die Erde grabe. Wie kann ich das machen.

  63. Judie G. says:

    thanks google don't be evil

  64. Copia Permaculture says:

    Holzer's my hero

  65. 7lifes7 says:

    Wow amazing video I didn't know this could be done.

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