By Lynn Davison, Published in the P A T A G O N I A R E G I O N A L T I M E S
Extract: Borderlands have just announced major new funding to educate the next generation in how to build a restoration economy in the borderlands region of Arizona and Sonora. The new initiative, named the Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute, has a big vision: to deliver a world class restoration training program offering quality education, research facilities, work experience opportunities and project management training in the field of ecological restoration…..and further, to create a learning and leadership center focused on engaging communities to restore the places where they live. Rather than an academic institution that only studies restoration, it will be a place that catalyzes change and facilitates the creation of restoration economies.
Patagonia Is Well Suited To the Project
Ron Pulliam, one of the architects behind the Institute, says the idea of a restoration economy- creating jobs by restoring and maintaining natural systems - has long been discussed in academic circles. Patagonia's economy already depends heavily on jobs related to the enjoyment of the biodiversity and the natural environment- hiking, biking, sightseeing, birding, hunting- and Patagonia is the perfect place to demonstrate that more jobs can be created by restoring and enhancing nature than by degrading and exploiting it...
Read the full article in the June edition of the Patagonia Regional Times
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