Bioregioning Tayside is a new platform which is bringing people in Tayside together to build community resilience in the face of:
– global heating – with major implications for survival of life as we know it,
– a sixth mass extinction of plants and animals driven by us, which is collapsing biodiversity and threatening the food webs we depend on
– a broken economic model – which is fuelling the climate crisis and biodiversity collapse and resulting in increasing social injustice and mental ill health.
We aim to build that community resilience through the concept of a Bioregion.
A Bioregion is a geographic area defined not by political or economic boundaries but through its natural features – its geology; topography; climate; soils; hydrology and watersheds; agriculture; biodiversity, flora and fauna and vegetation.
Bioregioning re-connects people with those natural systems, and each other, through the places where they live, enabling deeper understanding of the interdependence between them and human flourishing.
Actions that exemplify these objectives include:
• Land use changes that support healthy ecosystems
• The enhancement and maintenance of biodiversity across ecosystems
• The restoration and regeneration of fresh and marine water systems
• Activities that promote organic and agro-ecological practices
• The design of new social and economic infrastructure that supports the emergence of a green recovery and a wellbeing economy
• The creation of local supply chains that enable affordable food security
• Activities that shrink energy demand and reduce carbon emissions
• Activities that scale down material production and consumption
• Activities that promote ‘re-inhabitation’