THE ARLASH VISION
Alliance for Regenerative Landscapes and Social Health (ARLASH) recognises the emergent capacity of regenerative landscape management which is improving landscape health and has the potential to improve individual and collective health of whole communities. Members of the alliance seek to harness the collective knowledge in the minds and experience of all with an interest in the land and its intimate connection to society’s health.
Inherent in regenerative landscape management is the knowledge held by, while not limited to:
- indigenous people,
- agriculturalists and other land managers,
- education and research institutions,
- government and non-government bodies,
- the health professions,
- food industries,
- designers and town planners,
- neighbourhood groups,
- those involved in the healthy urban food systems and connections movement, and
- financial institutions.
LINKING LANDSCAPES & PEOPLE
FOOD & HEALTH
We commit to ARLASH because we recognise that new thinking and solutions are required for complex emergent problems, and because, as the material affluence of human society increases, there is a corresponding negative impact on the mass and diversity of other species, flora, fauna and associated soil biota, and on the human quality of life.
The trend of evolution has been to diversify and elaborate both biota and ecological systems. There is thus an urgent need to adopt management that mimics the model of natural ecosystem functioning, and of how to live in companionship with nature. The effect of industrial agriculture and unplanned grazing is the production of simplified ecological systems and communities. As long as this trend continues (in the process decreasing biodiversity and availability of clean water, and degrading soil, ecosystems, productive landscapes and healthy food), then the viability of human societies will continue to be threatened.
Adopting a more ecologically sympathetic approach to food production and landscape management presents creative and positive opportunities for all forms of life. There are multiple health benefits for humanity from regenerative landscape management. These don’t just include the obvious physical benefits from producing healthy, nutrient-dense foods, but also mental health benefits. This is because restoring the diversity and resilience of landscapes creates feelings of well-being in society.
Regenerative landscape management (including lower impact production methods) also creates other co-benefits, such as the gradual restoration of soil organic carbon and a more efficient water cycle. This leads to landscapes more able to provide a wider range of ecosystem services at very low cost. Landscapes thus managed are more dependent on contemporary solar energy and less dependent on the combustion of non-renewable fossil energy and associated problems of atmospheric pollution.