Terra Meera is a newly founded Center for Regeneration and Human Potential, born in Croatia. Located in an abandoned valley, Terra Meera pioneers are laying the foundations for a community project dedicated to local and regenerative agriculture in the area.
This campaign will plant a biodiverse and native fruit forest, revitalise the Terra Meera land, support the local economy and create a source of food and educational opportunities for local and international communities.
The ‘why’ lies in the present - between the rich local history and the future that calls for greater responsibility. The Bribir region that surrounds Terra Meera used to be thriving with small scale farmers and traditional agriculture that fed many communities in Central Dalmatia.
But the civil war in 1990s changed everything. A majority of the population fled the area, abandoning cultured land and leaving it out of balance. After 20 years of neglect, the land needs human care for ecosystems to thrive again. Moreover, mass tourism in the nearby coastal area has attracted consumer lifestyles for which our food now mostly comes from the imports (70% of all food needs).
Now we want to invite you to support this land. We wish to create with you all a community of change makers, of people that won't just stand by and watch our planet die, of people that will come and use this beautiful place as a fertile ground to grow your ideas, as a seed-bank, not only for our fruit trees but for our common vision of a greener and healthier planet.
When we add the threats of global climate change, industrial/chemical agriculture, the covid pandemic and its movement restrictions - the need for local resilience becomes imperative.
And then there is the story of the soil. It’s health and its existence. If we continue to degrade the soil at the rate we are now, the world could run out of topsoil in about 60 years, according to Maria-Helena Semedo of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Without topsoil, the earth’s ability to filter water, absorb carbon, and feed people plunges.
The solution is clear, cost-effective, and sustainable: Trees.
Instead of clearing fields, intensifying mono-crop production, and ultimately degrading the land, agriculture focused on the power of trees (agroforestry) strives to restore and protect the soil, diversify crops, and optimize the land in a regenerative way.
As the first stage in the regeneration process of this neglected soil and her forgotten plants and seeds, we are aiming to plant an indigenious fruit forest of almost 300 trees.
To this end, we have partnered locally and internationally.
Locally, we work with the last few people who live off the land in the area, Vesa, Mirko, Milivoj, some of them you can see in our video. Much of the knowledge we got from the hard working stone builder, planter and beekeeper Drazen that still knows how take care of these indigenous species as well as from Zeljko and Roman, two Croatian agroforestry experts focused on indigenous species of the area. Internationally, we have partnered with Gone West, a social enterprise and tree planting company that has planted over four million trees globally since they started in 2013.
Terra Meera, has become one of the Gone West Plant & Protect projects.
What does this mean? The Plant and Protect scheme defines a unique set of requirements necessary to ensure the core principles of sustainable tree planting and land regeneration.The goal of the Plant & Protect program is to contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change, increasing the area of land covered by native trees, improving water quality, stabilizing the hydrologic cycles, increasing and protecting woodland biodiversity, creating green and sustainable jobs, and creating a canopy under which other opportunities can prosper. Through this shared understanding Gone West builds relationships with projects based on netting the greatest diversity of values tree planting offers.
We invite YOU to be part of our community and support our vision. We prepared different rewards for your support that open the space of Terra Meera to you.