Thomas Goreau - Eco-restoration Success Stories

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Thomas Goreau - Eco-restoration Success Stories
From Biodiversity for a Livable Climate conference: "Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming"
Friday November 21st, 2014

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Thomas Goreau - Eco-restoration Success Stories

  1. 1. LARGE-SCALE RESTORATION OF ECOSYSTEMS AND SOILS NEEDED TO REVERSE GLOBAL WARMING MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE FIGURED OUT HOW TO GROW BACK THEIR FORESTS AND GRASSLANDS AND ENRICH THEIR OWN SOIL HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THEM
  2. 2. LARGE SCALE ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION IS THE BEST WAY TO STABILIZE CO2 AT SAFE LEVELS
  3. 3. FLORESTA DA TIJUCA RIO DE JANEIRO
  4. 4. ONE MAN PLANTS A FOREST
  5. 5. BEFORE AND AFTER GREENING THE DESERT JORDAN, GEOFF LAWTON
  6. 6. http://permaculturenews.org/2013/11/ 19/rough-ready-real-november-2013- update-dead-sea-valley-permaculture-project- aka-greening-desert-sequel-site/ November 2013
  7. 7. ERITREA MANGROVES MANZANAR PROJECT Gordon Sato
  8. 8. PLANTED MANGROVE FOREST RESTORED FISHERIES OF MOLACABOC ISLAND, SAGAY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, PHILIPPINES Alfredo Marañon SOLAR & WIND POWERED BIOROCK CORAL RESTORATION PROJECT
  9. 9. CARBON, WATER, TEMPERATURE • HIGH SOIL CARBON CAUSES HIGH WATER RETENTION, MORE FERTILE SOILS • THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO MANAGE SOILS TO INCREASE SOIL CARBON • SOIL CARBON COMES IN MANY FORMS, RANGES THA LAST FROM VERY SHORT TO VERY LONG TIMES • BLACK SOIL CARBON LASTS LONGEST
  10. 10. WHOLE WATERSHED MANAGEMENT • PREVENT SOIL EROSION • RECYCLE NUTRIENTS ON LAND • KEEP THEM OUT OF RIVERS, LAKES, AND THE OCEAN WHERE THEY CAUSE HARMFULLY ALGAE BLOOM AND KILL CORAL REEFS AND FISHERIES
  11. 11. BALI SUBAK
  12. 12. VETIVER GRASS, THE WORLD’S BEST EROSION CONTROL PLANT
  13. 13. ROOTS GROW STRAIGHT DOWN NEVER BECOMES A WEED
  14. 14. COMPLETELY STOPS EROSION. BEST ROOFING THATCH BECAUSE OF NATURAL INSECTICIDE, SEWAGE TREATMENT, NUTRIENT TRAPPING, CARBON SINK, RENEWABLE BIOMASS PRODUCTION
  15. 15. RESTORE WETLANDS • SWAMPS, BOGS, MARSHES, SALT MARSHES, SEAGRASSES, & MANGROVES ARE MAJOR CARBON SINKS, BUILDING SOILS THAT CAN BE NEARLY PURE ORGANIC CARBON. • WE ARE NOW RAPIDLY DESTROYING THEM BY DRAINING, ADDING THE CARBON TO THE ATMOSPHERE • WE MUST REVERSE THIS COURSE
  16. 16. BEAVERS CONTROLLED NORTH AMERICAN HYDROLOGY UNTIL HUNTERS DROVE THEM TO EXTINCTION, GREATLY INCREASING SOIL EROSION & NUTRIENT LOSS
  17. 17. PETER GOREAU

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