What it’s all about
A bioregion is a geographical area in which the natural and social organisms are in a mutually interdependent relationship.
A bioregion is defined less by political than by geographical and ecological boundaries, which include the natural resources necessary to maintain a region (e.g. resources such as land for agriculture and watershed ecosystems). On one hand, a bioregion must be large enough to preserve the integrity of its natural habitat and social communities and ecosystems, while on the other hand it must be small enough to be perceived as a home by its inhabitants.
Why bioregional development
In bioregional development it is important to define regions ecologically, economically and socially. The aim is to create common good based on renewable resources and resilience with as little dependencies from the outside as possible. All areas of human life, the social environments and the biosphere must be comprehensively recorded and sustainably aligned.
When bioregional development makes sense
Bioregional development is fundamentally useful when a region comes to a standstill (for example, by an increased emigration of the younger generations) or when a region is heavily burdened, even overburdened.
Regardless of this, each region can address the transition to a bioregion, especially when it comes to
• strengthening the regional resilience
• making a region economically, ecologically and socially viable
• Reviving the commons
To whom bioregional development is directed
Bioregional development is a participatory and inclusive process and is aimed at all inhabitants of a region especially
• experts from community, urban and regional development
• representatives of district, municipality, city and cantonal authorities
• professionals from business promotion, social integration and youth work, and
• all who are interested in bioregional development
Methods and scope
In addition to methods for large-area surveying, elements and methods of working with large and small groups are applied.
Projects in bioregional development are carried out in cooperation with network partners who have the necessary specialist skills.
The scope depends on the request.