Supporting and encouraging change

HOW IS SOILS FOR LIFE ENCOURAGING CHANGE?

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 projects which encourage more farmers to adopt regenerative landscape management, drawing from the experiences of farmers who are already successfully leading the way. Learn more about our individual projects.

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 our Chairman and 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 national, and global social wellbeing.

Read how you can start your own regenerative journey.



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:



WHAT IS REGENERATIVE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT?

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.

Michael Jeffery talks with case study participant, Colin Seis of Winona on the benefits of practising regenerative landscape management:


REGENERATIVE LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE

A small but growing group of land managers in Australia are using practical, effective, high-performance practices focusing on integrated soil, water and vegetation management that we believe can show us the way to restoring the landscape.

These land managers are exploiting the Australian landscape’s unique natural processes to regenerate healthier, more productive and resilient landscapes through:

  • improving the structural, mineral and biological balance of their soils
  • repairing riparian zones
  • recharging wetlands
  • increasing the biodiversity and extent of groundcover and vegetation
  • better managing pastures and stock
  • implementing no-till sowing and managing crops with a focus on soil biological health

These farmers see themselves not as owners of the land but stewards of it. This connection, derived from experience, has given them the insight to understand that it is their responsibility to enhance and preserve their landscape for future generations.

Farmers should, therefore, be recognised not simply as producers of food, but as the primary carers of the land and be rewarded accordingly.

Read more in the Soils for Life Report Innovations for Regenerative Landscape Management or learn how you too can practice regenerative landscape management by visiting the adopting regenerative approaches page.

And if you're wondering what's in it for your bottom line if you change the way you manage you landscape, have a look at the Production and Economic Benefits that are already being achieved.