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