“As a global leader in sustainable agriculture and environmental regeneration, we rehydrate and restore landscapes using world class scientific research, education and demonstration. This approach will build climate resilient landscapes that provide food and water security and support healthy ecosystems”.
Australia’s changing climatic conditions and more regular extreme weather events are impacting the nation’s farmers, regional communities and environments. We have seen extended periods of drought and greater frequency of extreme bushfires and flooding, scenarios which are predicted to continue.
These conditions significantly impact our food and water security and our natural environment, which is vital to maintaining biodiversity. Already, the acceleration of soil erosion has exacerbated the effects of climate change, as it leads to more carbon being released into the atmosphere. Sustainable agriculture and land use is key to the long-term health of the environment and to the viability of Australia’s agricultural sector.
The Mulloon Institute is helping address these challenges through its ground breaking work to mitigate the impact of drought and other major natural disasters.
Mulloon is a science, education and advocacy organisation with a focus on large scale landscape restoration and rehydration projects. It owns two properties near Bungendore in Southern NSW where much of its research occurs in restoring the natural function of the landscape.
This work includes erosion control and in creek structures to slow the water and spread it across the landscape. In the last few years, the research has expanded across 20 properties and 23,000 hectares as part of the Mulloon Rehydration Initiative.
These projects are delivering substantial agricultural and environmental benefits. For example, there has been a 129% increase in organic matter, increases in pasture biomass production and increases in native bird, animal and aquatic species.
In 2016 the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network, recognised the Mulloon Institute as one of only five demonstrators of sustainable, profitable farming globally.
The Mulloon Institute has a goal of rehydrating and restoring 2.5 million hectares of land and positively impacting the livelihoods of 5,000 farming families. It is already showing the incredible transformation that can take place by restoring the balance of our ecosystems.
TDM is passionate about supporting initiatives that can grow and scale quickly and by doing so, deliver increased benefits to the environment and our communities. The Mulloon Institute’s work is reflective of this and we are pleased to support them with their next endeavour, the National Food and Water Sustainability Initiative.