The terrestrial environment is highly complex, the result of eons of interaction between the elements and the species that act upon it while deriving their sustenance from it. As we enter the 21st century, we have begun to follow a heightened consciousness of the necessary balance between habitat preservation and earth-based productivity. Industrial and urban development's focus on reducing their respective ecological footprints; agricultural practices seek sustainable solutions.
IRIS recognizes the potential trade-offs inherent between social, economic and biophysical aspects of development and works to balance these imperatives to achieve sustainable solutions. An increasing focus, and a sector where IRIS is concentrating its efforts, is agriculture where the promotion of appropriate land use practices and on-farm energy and nutrient solutions can effectively contribute to sustainability.