Restoring Ecosystem services in Mediterranean climates, Worldwide

What? Programmes

We have selected four primary Programme Areas as central to achieving an economic / ecological recovery strategy for Mediterranean climate regions. These closely involve restoring the critical ecosystem functions which underpin all aspects of human wellbeing. All address the strategies and perspectives most helpful in accomplishing the rebuilding of more resilient systems. These programmes are interconnected, and have multiple aspects and opportunities for generating jobs and new enterprises; for adding immediate and lasting ecological, cultural, and personal value to the quality of life across the region.

  1. Green Infrastruture
  2. Carbon Farming and Forestry
  3. Marine Environments
  4. Design and System learning
From local to regional scales, Green Infrastructure supports Ecosystem services: cleaner air, rainwater for re-use, cooler streets and buildings, and literally “connects the dots” by linking green spaces. Examples of green infrastructural elements include green roofs, living walls, rainwater harvesting, urban farms and community gardens, urban forestry, city parks, wildlife corridors in rural areas, hiking trails and protected habitats. By optimizing both physical connections and programmes of activities we bring the whole system to life.
Increasing organic carbon in our soils allows more rainfall to be retained (= less irrigation required), better crop and forest health, plus it helps to reverse soil loss. This also sequesters excess atmospheric CO2 and fights global warming. Human economies have always been closely tied to soils, while the history of collapsed civilizations around the Mediterranean can be mapped by the rate of soil losses over time. We bring an integrated suite of technologies and methodologies to enable communities to rebuild soils across the Med region, and thus rebuild jobs, quality of life, economies and entire ecosystems.
Mediterranean ecosystems and economies occur in the ecotones – dynamic zones where the land meets the sea. Each depends on the other for balance and health. There is much to be done in restoring fisheries, cleaning up pollution and developing shared management strategies across Mediterranean communities. By convening stakeholders from the many communities and sectors dependant on the health of the sea, we co-create action plans and apply a host of traditional and newer technologies to restore balance and health across these interdependent ecological and economic systems.
Effective strategies and structures require understanding of a broad web of actions and relationships. They “connect the dots” and complete the picture. We see our work through the eyes of designers and an appreciation of system complexity. Our projects build the capacity for individuals and organizations to bring design thinking and system thinking into their own activities and lives. We offer a range of action-learning opportunities, based upon our programme areas and projects. We can also work with your company or organization to help staff learn design and system thinking through your own projects.