A bioregion is an area of land or sea defined by common patterns of natural characteristics and environmental processes (such as geology, landform patterns, climate, ecological features and plant and animal communities). A bioregion’s borders are defined by natural boundaries such as mountain ranges and soil types (rather than the political boundaries of many maps). Each bioregion has a unique collection of ecological communities as well as different patterns of land use and threats to biodiversity. A bioregion is smaller than an ecoregion, but larger than an ecosystem or catchment area.

Why does GreenPrints start with ‘bioregions’?

AELA’s mission is to build the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance and ethics.  A useful ‘starting point’ for mapping out what Earth centred governance looks like, is a bioregion.

The benefits of a bioregional approach are threefold. By using bioregional ecological health as a starting point for human governance, we can:

  1. implement a key aspect of Earth Jurisprudence, that is, we can develop our understanding of place and connection with our local Earth community;
  2. map out what nature needs to thrive and (in contrast to the idea of ‘sustainable development’) we can build understanding about the critical parameters and ultimate ‘end-game’ for us to work within; and,
  3. redesign human culture and society so that economic, social and political systems all work towards the same, life sustaining ecological goals.