Land clearing and the removal of native ecosystems continue to impact heavily on the environment around the world. To date, roughly half of the world’s forests have been cleared, and this trend continues at a worrying rate of 13 million hectares a year. Our biggest challenge today is to reverse this trend.

The more our natural world becomes degraded, the more we realise that our long term survival depends on it. It is within this context that we choose to work in the field of ecological restoration. This new industry has the capacity to make positive changes to the natural world through investment in, and restoration of, natural capital. Solutions are available here and now to replenish nature and its associated ecosystem services.

Ecosystems are complex. Even the most sophisticated computer cannot capture the multitude of interactions that occur from day to day, season to season, generation to generation. However, what we do know about that complexity, is that ecosystems are more than just the cumulative sum of organisms which inhabit them. They have self-organising properties. They have an in-built capacity to resist and rebound from disturbances. A healthy ecosystem is dynamic, and is able to change and evolve over time.

We have chosen the company name Threshold Environmental because we believe a certain level of investment in planning and high level implementation are required to restore a system to something more than a bunch of trees and shrubs. Our work aims to achieve a trajectory of recovery, where the goal is to re-establish a self-replicating, biologically diverse plant system. In order to set the necessary foundations for resilient ecosystems to take hold, a certain threshold needs to be reached.

We have made a 750 ha on-ground contribution to the vision of Gondwana Link.

“Reconnected country, from the wet forests of the far south west to the woodland and mallee bordering the Nullarbor, in which ecosystem function and biodiversity are restored and maintained.” (GondwanaLink.org)

Justin Jonson is also a Board member of the Society of Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA), a neutral, independent, non-profit organisation that aims to continuously improve knowledge on, and lift the standards for Ecological Restoration in this part of the world.