Restoring the Land and Ecosystems - Earth Day Texas

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Restoring the Land and Ecosystems

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Every day, The Savory Institute has the opportunity to shed light and raise awareness on how consumers, producers and brands can all come together and restore grasslands. Grasslands constitute one-third of the Earth’s land surface and more than 70% are degraded. The global impact includes food & water scarcity, climate change and poverty.

Founded in 2009, The Savory Institute and its global network of accredited hubs and educators make up a unique organization pioneering and leading the largescale restoration of the world’s grasslands.

Founder Allan Savory developed Holistic Management in the 1960s as a decision-making framework that allows land and livestock managers to optimize environmental, economic and social returns that honors symbiotic relationships in an ecosystem.

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For example, a team at 777 Ranch in South Dakota has implemented Holistic Management practices and is now seeing native vegetation and wildlife coming back across 28,000 acres of land. This process gives people the insights and management tools needed to understand nature, and make better informed decisions that balance key social, environmental and financial considerations. In the context of the ecological restoration of grasslands worldwide, managers implement Holistic Planned Grazing to properly manage livestock — mimicking the predator/prey relationships in which these environments evolved.

Since 2013, The Savory Institute has established 30 hubs, influenced 6.5 million hectares of grassland and trained more than 3,000 land managers. As the driving force and thought leader behind regenerative agriculture’s emergence onto the global stage, The Savory Institute has influenced more than 18.5 million acres of land globally through its hubs and through strategic partnerships. By 2025, the goal is to have one billion hectares of land and 100 hubs.