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Let's start 2022 in Regenuary

Dr Eleanor Harris

Have you heard of ‘Regenuary’ yet? It’s a call to start the year by learning about and making consumer choices that support production systems which rebuild the world’s natural capital and ecosytems.

Looking back over our blogs from the past year, it is clear that Regenuary is already a theme at the heart of our natural capital thinking at Galbraith.

Enriched landscapes

At the end of last year I suggested that ‘land layering’ – richer landscapes that produce more of what we need while also sustaining greater biodiversity – should be our aim. This concept of enrichment is at the heart of the regenerative approach. We explored what this might mean in practice in the context of using trees to enhance agricultural production and sheep grazing to maintain lowland bog habitats.

Help for land managers 

We have highlighted the wide range of opportunities and support for land managers to begin to put these ideas into practice. These include government stewardship schemes and the English Woodland Creation Offer; public/private funding packages for peatland restoration; and loans for net-zero investment. The growing wealth of data, such as improved habitat mapping, is also vital, and we look forward to being able to put this at land managers’ fingertips through our natural capital assessment.

See bigger picture

A major theme of our thinking, at the heart of Regenuary, is seeing the bigger picture. It is no use tackling environmental problems in isolation. We have perhaps heard more about ‘supply chains’ in 2021 than we ever wished to know, but it’s vital we put that knowledge to good use.

For example, there is growing awareness of the need to take responsibility for carbon emitted in getting a product to us, and in its onward journey when it leaves our hands. This might involve activities such as transporting timber by sea to reduce carbon emissions and disruption on roads, or buying locally grown flowers.

Seeing the bigger picture means breaking down ‘silos’ of inquiry and debate. That might be seeing woodland as a food issue or getting beyond single-species thinking to an ecosystem approach. It might be seeing the carbon footprint of meat in the context of the whole economy and ensuring the rural voice is heard in climate debates. It might be understanding that the environment cannot be the preserve of ENGOs and governments but must be at the heart of business. Or it might be understanding the importance of our human emotions and opinions, such as how our ideals of beauty shape biodiversity.

Everything you buy has a natural capital story behind it, so this January, find out more about where it comes from and how you can be part of the regeneration of our natural world. If you own land – or even just a house – you have opportunities to shape Regenuary directly.

Not giving up

‘Regenuary’ isn’t about black and white, giving things up or going all-out on one thing. It’s about taking a holistic look at our relationship with nature: in our food, our possessions, how we spend our money and our time. During January we plan to help you in your Regenuary journey by producing material to help inform your choices. Join the conversation by tagging Galbraith on social media and using the hashtag #Regenuary.

• Natural Capital: Galbraith’s expert advisers guide our clients in realising value in all land uses – by assessing and measuring natural assets, furthering opportunities in biodiversity net gain, and ensuring stakeholders are rewarded fully for their investment in and contribution to delivering ecosystem services and net-zero outcomes.

Natural Capital: The expert advisers at Galbraith guide our clients in realising value in all land uses – by assessing and measuring natural assets, furthering opportunities in biodiversity net gain, and ensuring stakeholders are rewarded fully for their investment in and contribution to delivering ecosystem services and net-zero outcomes.