"Natural climate solutions are vital to ensuring we achieve our ultimate objective of full decarbonization and can simultaneously boost jobs and protect communities in developed and developing countries."
Bowie, Arizona, USA
Natural Climate Solution
- Construct site-specific earthworks-based rainwater catchment and retention methods
- Restore and protect soil viability
- Reseed native vegetation without irrigation
- Design and plant an educational demonstration site
4500 seeded rainwater catchments currently funded. Property is over 1000 acres
- Mitigate impacts of climate change
- Restore native vegetation and critical habitat
- Enrich local biodiversity
- Reduce erosion and improve soil quality
- Enhance economic viability through sustainability
- Create local jobs
- Educate public
- Sonoran Permaculture Guild
- Borderlands Restoration Network
- Arizona State University
Globally, groundwater is becoming more and more scarce. Arid regions now make up 33% of the earth’s landmass. In desert environs like Bear Springs, the rainwater that does come falls in such large volumes, and in such short amounts of time, that only marginal amounts can be absorbed. Instead, flash floods careen down the length of the watershed, eroding hillsides and carrying precious topsoil miles away.
Over the centuries, industrial and agricultural pursuits have further reduced the soil’s ability to support life. As groundwater disappears and soil quality degrades, vulnerable lands can support less vegetation. Fewer plants mean less decaying leaf matter and therefore less nutrients returned to the soil. Without protective groundcover, the soil becomes subject to heat and wind and the process of degradation increases.
The Bear Springs habitat is a high desert ecosystem with historically notable biodiversity that has been damaged by human activities.
The five part plan is designed to remedy the effects of these activities: erosion, soil degradation, species reduction, lowered aquifers and stress on economies.
1. Design and construct site-specific earthworks-based rainwater catchment and retention methods.
2. Restore and protect soil viability.
3. Reseed native vegetation without irrigation.
4. Design and plant a demonstration site with mature irrigated
vegetation and interpretative signage.
5. Enhance economic viability through sustainability.