We are often asked about our approach to environmental restoration and we are working on it day and night in order to create a truly game-changing solution. While coming up with a perfect strategy that can address all of nature’s diversity and complexity is not easy, we believe that it is possible, and there are several factors that are in place to make it a success.
First, the political will is in place to restore global forests and to combat desertification and Climate Change. The policy proposals which lend support toward restorative action provide a framework for undoing the decades of degradation befallen on forests and their associated ecosystems around the world. BioCarbon aims to support this momentum and help direct it in the most efficient and effective manner; ensuring that key investments in this area have the greatest impact.
Second, in the past, questions regarding restoration have focused on the what, why, and where, but recently answers to these inquiries have became available. In 2011, The World Resources Institute (WRI), together with partners at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and researchers at the University of Maryland developed a restoration map showing key areas around the globe where forest landscape restoration could take place. The question is therefore now focusing on the “how” of what restoration will look like. BioCarbon Engineering stands to answer this final question, with a unique scalable solution that takes the best data available and enables local specialists to restore their landscapes both quickly and cheaply.
Finally, there is growing public support from people and NGOs around the world who are seeking land restoration for its many environmental, social and economic benefits. We thus are paying close attention to issues such as land use, land tenure and the relationships between stakeholders involved in restoring areas before rolling out a project. Working with NGOs and community groups invested in an area is a key part of our practice, as they will ultimately be the stewards of their land and contribute to the project’s success.
Of course there are many more factors that we are thinking about and that need to be accounted for while building a truly global one-stop solution for ecosystem restoration. We adopt the view that land restoration should include solutions that (1) rapidly generate healthy soil or restore degraded or contaminated soil; (2) increase soil carbon content and sequestration; and (3) reduce pressure on agricultural soil that is particularly vulnerable to erosion. We hope that in combining community support, political will and cutting edge technology we will be able to scale-up ecosystem restoration by planting at least one billion trees per year.
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