Permaculture design is about recognising and developing the relationships between the natural environment and people. It offers a holistic and integrated approach; developing deep understanding in those learning and practicing it, which cultivates initiative and encourages experimentation and adaption. At the same time, it develops self-reliance and self-sufficiency together with sharing, networking, mutual support and cooperative working. Permaculture adapts to local environment and encourages people to gain confidence and knowledge. In El Salvador, the Permaculture Institute (IPES) takes this holistic approach to designing and creating practical solutions to support natural farming, food security and water conservation whilst developing stronger communities and local economies.