The living lab for regenerative and ecological landuse
Our food system is partially responsible for climate change, as well as degraded soils and the loss of biodiversity. What we need are resilient ecosystems of healthy soil with good biodiversity to form the basis for nutrient-rich food and secure the future of food production. This means finding forms of land use that are regenerative and do not merely maintain the status quo, but build up soil nutrition, are socially beneficial and economically profitable. The Finck Foundation is a non-profit working towards the development of different types of land use.
The focus is on regenerative land use models, such as syntropic agroforestry, holistic pasture management, composting, and the transformation of monoculture forests into resilient mixed species forests.
The core of the foundation’s work is to generate data on the ecological, economic and social effects of these methods. To analyze the benefits environmentally and economically and to communicate these findings.
Land use is the biggest lever for addressing the major challenges of our time: the multiple impacts of climate change, biodiversity loss, food system imbalance, health, education, equal opportunities and rural development.
The Finck Foundation is currently focusing on 3,000 hectares of farmland in eastern Brandenburg, Germany. Here the agriculture and forestry suffer with low precipitation and sandy soil. The foundation uses these areas as a living lab for its research, nature conservation and educational work.