Erle Rahaman-Noronha

Erle Rahaman-Noronha is the Kenyan-born owner of Wa Samaki Ecosystems and a Carnival lover. He lived in Canada and now resides in Trinidad where he is remodeling a former citrus estate through permaculture restoration. He teaches and practices Permaculture, producing indigenous food crops, tropical fish and cut flowers on his farm which has won Agricultural Entrepreneur awards for forestry, aquaculture and horticulture. In 2011, Rahaman-Noronha was the winner of the National Agricultural Entrepreneur award for Agroforestry.

Rahaman-Noronha holds a BSc in Applied Biochemistry and a MSc in Zoology from the University of Guelph. He was trained in Permaculture Design, Intensive Aquaculture, Dendrology and Tropical Landscaping. As co-director of Caribbean Permaculture Consultants Ltd., he spearheaded initiatives using permaculture to rehabilitate degraded lands; to create forest buffer zones around industrial estates and to educate students and teachers in 40 schools throughout southwest Trinidad.

He has been involved with Knowing and Growing Workshops in Jamaica, consulted as a permaculture expert in Suriname and Grenada, and has taught Permaculture Design courses in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, St Lucia and Trinidad.

As a photographer, Rahaman-Noronha captures and shares the natural beauty that he helps to protect. On Jouvert morning, however, he is usually on the other side of the camera, as a subject covered in paint. He is also an accomplished adventure racer and ultra-marathoner.From Nairobi to Caroni, he is a trail-blazer in the field of Permaculture which he refers to as “the quiet revolution that is happening”.

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