What is EOV?
Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) is an empirically based data collection protocol for grassland environments. This includes: natural and seeded grasslands, grazed orchards, silvopastoral systems, mixed livestock/soil based cropping systems, and mixed livestock/forest areas. At this time, pure cropping systems are not included except for pilot projects. EOV tracks regenerative outcomes in biodiversity, soil health, and ecosystem function such as the water cycle, mineral cycle, and energy flow.
How does EOV work?
EOV is composed of short term monitoring (occurring annually) as well as long term monitoring (occurring every five years). Short term monitoring (STM) collects qualitative data that provide leading indicators for land management decisions. Long term monitoring (LTM) collects quantitative data and provides lagging indicators for soil health, carbon, water, and biodiversity.
EOV is valuable for informing land management decisions. It is also a prerequisite for the Land to Market program (L2M), which is a sourcing solution that connects conscientious buyers, brands and retailers to farms and ranches that are verified to be regenerating their land.
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