Soils for Life believes that we can heal our degraded landscape and address related global challenges through adopting regenerative landscape management practices which focus on the integrated management of soil, water and vegetation. We are striving for a comprehensive coordinated approach focused on encouraging our farmers and land managers to adopt these practices.
Soils for Life's priority of effort is in documenting case studies of regenerative landscape management in practice, demonstrating these practices through Demonstration & Field Days and developing a support program, including workshops and mentoring to encourage farmers to change to these practices.
Australia can play a leading role in showing the world what can be done. But we need a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to improve land management practices. The appointment of ex-Governor General Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery (Retd.) to the role of Australia's first Advocate for Soil Health is a great step in achieving this.
By supporting wide adoption of regenerative landscape management practices, we have the opportunity to make a great contribution to global social wellbeing, and, by extrapolation, to global security.
Michael Jeffery, Chair of Soils for Life and Australia's Advocate for Soil Health, talks about the importance of our farmers and the need for a coordinated approach in regenerating our landscape:
Regenerative landscape management is the application of techniques which seek to restore landscape function and deliver outcomes that include increased production, an improved natural resource base, healthy nutrient cycling, increased biodiversity and enhanced resilience. These outcomes benefit not only primary producers, but also the community - economically, environmentally and socially.
These techniques generally focus on integrated management of:
and becoming more efficient in the use of natural resources.