When we finally get our piece of ground, one of the first things we will seek to accomplish is all of the terraforming we need to do. Putting in major earthworks like swales, ponds, roads, foundations, terraces and anything else that requires earthmoving. This is important because the rest of the Permaculture plan depends on how we go about harnessing all of the inputs that come in; wind, water, solar, etc. And these are, in large part, dictated by the lay of the land.
In my recent visit to Kunduz I saw some pretty amazing earthworks. These terraces are, apparently, on contour and allow the residents to utilize the sides of a very large plateau for agriculture. What I did not see was water catchment or attempts to build soil. The area we are looking in is very hilly, so swales, terraces and impoundments are going to be key to resource management.
Here is a satellite shot of the plateau area
Here is another of a section of the plateau that has been terraced and a terrain map of the same area:
Here is a couple of pictures I took on the flight out.