Biodiversity impacts of the Transition movement

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Transition groups’ work on biodiversity has included micro-forests, planting wildlife friendly orchards and flowers and towns, reforestation and saving native seeds. It has also involved awareness and campaigning on pesticide usage. 44% of respondents to the Transition 2020 survey reported they had achieved some or meaningful or significant impacts in Improving biodiversity and protecting wildlife.


Some examples from the Transition 2020 survey respondents include:  

Micro-forests have been favourably received in this region, eager to be green, open, avant-garde. First planting of a Myiawaki forest in the city. Creation of a  participatory planting manual for this method.” (Toulouse en Transition, France). See their report here

"We’ve started a new wildlife group in the last year, since the ecological emergency has been more widely talked about, and people seem more engaged in that than perhaps the climate related stuff. We are just launching a wildlife project for residents gardens, and I have high hopes this will have a big impact on residents of Wellington, both from a mental health and community cohesion point of view as well as for nature" (Transition Town Wellington, England).

"Lasting projects are the wildlife-friendly community orchard", and see the Re-leafing Poole ideas from Transition Poole (England).

Transition groups in Colombia have been working on "Food Autonomy, planting of medicinal plants, network of native seeds, network of vegetable gardens, use of appropriate technologies, reforestation, regeneration and conservation actions".

Transition Brasil Hub reports that "We work at the interface with the government, in the application of public policies that can collaborate with impacts on the restoration of local ecosystems, enrichment of biodiversity, empowerment and community strengthening to support local projects".

Some Transition groups have been raising awareness and taking action to reduce pesticide usage, for example: "Sensitization of citizens on the use of pesticides, awareness of the municipality to stop pesticides in public spaces" (France); and "at Cidade Mais, the festival we organized in Porto linked to the transition, the municipality assumed that it stopped using glyphosate in its public gardens due to the debate and awareness that the festival has brought to public discussion in the municipality" (Municipalities in Transition, Portugal).