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 rural landscape planning 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
A diagram depicting five primary zones of integrated landscape restoration is shown below. Agriculture occupies approximately half the land. Large forests would obviously have different layouts. Preserving existing forests would be a priority.
Spades’ model integrates all local interests so that long-term sustainability and biodiversity can more reliably be achieved.