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What is Bioregionalism?

Advocates of bioregionalism assert that human activity should be largely constrained by ecological or geographical boundaries rather than political ones. [1]

The core principles of bioregionalism include the following notions:

  • Shifting focus away from colonial and national borders towards recognition of Indigenous biocultural landscapes and increasing autonomy on a political, social, cultural and economic level.
  • An economy that supports local livelihoods and enterprises that fit into a global supply chain in a manner that is responsible, ethical and sustainable.
  • Building community resilience and empowerment within a bioregion, based on participatory approaches.
  • Dynamic and open systems of governance that seek to decentralise power structures and enhance transparency and accountability.
  • Environmental sustainability and approaches that support regenerative ecosystems, cultures and economies.
  • Enhancing the health and wellbeing of the bioregion and its communities. 
  • Respect for Indigenous sovereignty and ways of living. [2]