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Biocultural Restoration: What does it mean?

We have used the term 'biocultural restoration' on our website and our new restoration strategy. But what does it mean? This approach to restoration aims to honour and restore both nature and our relationship with it. Let's explore this in more detail.

 

Across the world, the disconnect from nature and the separation of humans as ‘not nature’ has resulted in decisions that actively harm our natural world.


Throughout history, cultures and people have had many different relationships with nature. The expression of many of those has been lost over time, and a predominant Western lens has affected the passing on of this knowledge and culture.


Biocultural restoration is an approach that recognises and honours the intrinsic relationship between nature and people. It is the science and art of restoring not just ecosystems but also human and cultural relationships to place. It means that cultures are strengthened and revitalised alongside the lands with which they are intimately connected.


Biocultural restoration encompasses both biophysical and cultural elements of environmental wellbeing and resilience. It offers a vital bridge that connects restoration science with the practices of restoring justice to the land. This approach is based on cultural values and aligned with community priorities.


By focusing on both the ecological and cultural aspects of restoration, we can help to heal our relationship with nature and promote a more sustainable future for all.






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