Smart Design for Rural Land Regreening


Terrazone Fits Trees to Life + Land

Smart, Integrated Rural Land Projects That Go Beyond Carbon

Science agrees that reforestation of the planet is required to mitigate climate change and moderate local ecosystems. Therefore, habitat restoration must be integrated, despite the competing demands for rural land resources that have often pitted habitat, agricultural, and sustainable wood stock interests against each other.

Spades responds with a reforestation zoning model to engage the planning discussion for a sustainable future: Terrazone™.

Terrazone harmonizes land use. Inclusive, integrated land use design, as part of forest landscape restoration, aligns multi-functional landscape synergies to:

  • Promote sustainable land use and ecosystem restoration
  • Improve economic opportunities

The diagram depicts five primary zones of integrated landscape restoration. Approximately half of the land is assigned to agriculture. Sites with large forests would, of course, have different layouts. Existing forests would be preserved.

  1. Core zone: rewilding and conserving native habitat on the path to a self-organizing ecosystem.
  2. Buffer zone: available for local use of plants (without cutting or digging), also provides wildlife habitat.
  3. Plantation development zone: multispecies plantation forestry and permaculture with attention to native species and habitat space.
  4. Regenerative agriculture zone: sustainable agriculture that incorporates agroforestry practices and avoids monoculture.
  5. Blue carbon zone: Mangrove trees protecting coastlines and fisheries.

Spades’ model integrates all local interests so that long-term sustainability and biodiversity can more reliably be achieved.

Implementation with Spades

The Terrazone approach maps the synergies between rural interests, including the people that live there, governments, environmentalists, businesses, agriculture, and foresters. These interests are all rooted in the same ecosystem. Unity is found in the urgency of climate change, locally apparent damage, good business and jobs, and climate resilience. Spades enables this effort with a suite of services that unlock opportunities:

  • Diversity of partnership capacities serve the interests of stakeholders and ecosystems for long-term economic, environmental, and social sustainability, not just a planting phase.
  • Integrator support from planning to implementation to a permanent presence. Includes plan review, monitoring, reporting, verification, sustainability, and fundraising.
  • Specialized biotechnology that determines and improves the viability of tree species to survive in current and future conditions.
  • Blended capital that incorporates investment banks, institutional banks, development funding, and donors while advancing the objectives of all. Considers project design, financial structuring, fundraising, risk mitigation, fund management, etc.
  • Technical tracking solutions that provide intimate details on the life of the trees from planning through 50 years of growth.

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