What is Bioregioning?

A Bioregion is a geographic area defined not by political or economic boundaries but through its natural features – its geology; topography; climate; soils; hydrology and watersheds; agriculture; biodiversity; flora and fauna and vegetation.

Ploughed Field in Strathmore, photo Clare Cooper

Bioregioning re-connects people with those natural systems, and each other, through the places where they live, enabling deeper understanding of the interdependence between them and human flourishing.

Bioregioning in action:

  • Values natural assets as the building blocks of life
  • Works at the interface between the urban and the rural
  • Makes a region distinct and visible through a coherent narrative of geography, geology, land use, history, culture
  • Reinforces identity through a bounded sense of belonging to a place
  • Sources solutions from the place itself
  • Gets sectors out of silos and collaborating on a co-created resilience strategy
  • Prototypes and learns continuously
  • Addresses conflicts as an opportunity to take the work to the next level
  • Builds collective will to action and telling a ‘can do’ story of resilience and possibility
John Thackara and friends on Alyth Hill, photo Clare Cooper

Working together in this way enables

  • Less excess and waste
  • Citizens taking more responsibility for the wellbeing of the place where they live
  • New economic models that generate community wealth and local livelihoods
  • Greater visibility for all the green shoots of resilience emerging locally