The South Devon Bioregion

We are choosing to define our bioregion loosely.  It centres on the Dart River catchment, extending to the Tamar to the west, the Teign to the east, Dartmouth to the south, up into the the bogs and mires of Dartmoor’s high moor, the source of most of Devon’s rivers.  We include Plymouth and Torbay as urban, industrially-developed areas to contrast South Devon’s numerous towns and villages.

There will be no one-size-fits-all solution to climate change, resource-depletion and economies faltering as they reach the limits to growth.  It makes sense to us that the global issues we are facing around food, water, waste and energy can best be solved at the level of the bioregion, a geographical area with unique features of geology and geography that make it distinct.  By recognising the role that communities have always played in stewarding their bioregional ecologies and managing their local economies, we can ally that resource into multi-stakeholder partnerships with local government, learning institutions, businesses and many other kinds of organisations. The issues that we are facing need all of us to tackle them, not just experts.

Here’s a great definition of a bioregion.