GRN Showcase

The GRN Showcase highlights innovative restoration projects from around the world. If you would like to nominate a project for the GRN Showcase, please go to the Contact Us page and submit the relevant information and links.

Gondwana Link
gondwanna.jpgSouth-western Australia is an amazing place where exceptional concentrations of endemic species are undergoing exceptional loss of habitat. Gondwana Link is a landscape scale vision involving individuals and local, regional and national groups working together to achieve reconnected country in which entire ecosystems, and the fundamental ecological processes that underpin them, are restored and maintained. Gondwana Link groups are restoring ecological connectivity from the woodlands of the drier interior to the tall wet forests in the far south-west corner; protecting and re-planting bushland over more than 1,000 kilometres; and building a living link that reaches eastward across the continent.

Timbaktu Collective
timbaktutoday.jpgThe story begins in 1990, when a small group of development activists located themselves in a 32 acre plot of dry, degraded land. They gave it the name Timbaktu (Sarihaddu Rekha in Telugu – where the earth meets the sky). They wanted to find ways to heal and regenerate this ravaged land and create an agro forest habitat. Slowly over the years not only Timbaktu but also the surrounding hills have greened themselves while insects, birds and animals have reappeared. A small community of volunteers, committed to developmental and ecological regeneration, has settled here.

The Cloudbridge Project
cloudbridge.jpgThe Cloudbridge Reserve Project aims to preserve and reforest an important gap in the cloud forest adjoining the Chirripó Pacifico river on the slopes of Mt Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica. Chirripó National Park lies towards the northern end of one of the most important biological zones of all Central America. It adjoins La Amistad International Park, which covers almost all of the Talamanca mountain range and, together with adjacent reserves, includes over a million hectares and spans major sections of northern Costa Rica and southern Panama. The grouping has been designated one of the “biological hot spots” of the Meso-American Biological Corridor.

The Wildlands Project
wildlands.jpgThe Wildlands Project’s work to reconnect the continent begins with “MegaLinkages” – vast pathways that tie natural places together. Within each continental MegaLinkage, the project proposes regional systems of core protected areas connected to one another by “wildlife linkages,” mosaics of public and private lands that provide safe passageways for wildlife to travel freely from place to place. Private land owners within proposed conservation planning areas are not bound in any way by our recommendations, but are encouraged to participate in voluntary actions to protect landscape linkages and native species.

Trees for Life
treesforlife.jpgTheir vision is to restore a wild forest, which is there for its own sake, as a home for wildlife and to fulfil the ecological functions necessary for the wellbeing of the land itself. Scotland is a prime candidate for ecological restoration work, as it is one of the countries which has suffered most from environmental degradation in the past. The Highlands in particular have been described as a ‘wet desert’ as a result of the centuries of exploitation which have reduced them to their present impoverished and barren condition. With most other countries now repeating the same ecological mistakes, they believe that the onus is on Scotland to provide an example of reversing the damage which has been done here.

The Great Fen Project
greatfen.jpgThe Great Fen Project aims to restore over 3000 hectares of fenland habitat to Huntingdonshire between Huntingdon and Peterborough. In doing so it will connect Woodwalton Fen National Nature Reserve with Holme Fen National Nature Reserve to create a very large site with conservation benefits for wildlife and socio-economic benefits for people. Woodwalton Fen is an internationally important site for its communities of wetland plants and animals and this is reflected in its designation as a Ramsar site and Special Area of Conservation.

Alexander River Project
alexriverproject.jpgThe Alexander River flows through the northern part of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The river actually crosses borders, since it flows from the Palestinian city of Nablus in the Samarian Hills up to the estuary of the Mediterranean Sea in Israel. The size of the river basin is about 136,000 acres (550 km2). Small quantities of fresh water flow along half its stretch. The fresh water is severely polluted by sewage and effluent. The river is, in effect, a small stream with big problems.

Project Green Hands
projectgreenhands.jpgProject Green Hands is a vision of Sadhguru, the founder of Isha Foundation, to increase the green cover of the state of Tamil Nadu, in South India, entirely though people’s initiatives. An estimated 114 million saplings are to be planted in the next 10 years in order to increase the green cover of the state by 10%, involving millions of volunteers across the state. As an immediate step, 813,226 saplings have been planted on the same day – the 17th of October 2006.

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