chapter  12.2
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Bioregional Planning

WithJanis Birkeland, Cam Walker

Bioregionalism is land-use planning that integrates industry, agriculture, economics and governance together with the ecology of the region. Bioregional planning could also be designed to assist in the transition to a bio-based economy. Bioregionalism reintroduces the concept of 'place' to current debates and advocates a rediscovery of 'home'. Bioregionalism is an alternative movement that calls for a new form of planning process modelled upon natural systems. Bioregional planning begins at the opposite point from that of conventional planning. Bioregional planners seek ways to transform society and its institutions through public education and participatory democracy, informed by knowledge of the local ecology. The value of a planning system depends on its ability to address the fundamental threats to the survival of human civilisation. Bioregional planning is a model which addresses the roots and results of ecological ignorance, globalisation and urban development on the natural and social environment.