Reversing desertification with regenerative practices
A regenerative movement led by a common vision is tackling desertification, halting soil erosion and creating resilient communities.
We bring people together to restore landscapes and regenerate the Earth: our common land. With our holistic approach to landscape restoration - the 4 Returns framework - anyone can work with nature and their local community to restore a landscape at scale.
Landscape degradation is at the heart of the world's biggest problems. Affecting a third of the world's population, it is a major contributor to food insecurity, water scarcity, climate change and biodiversity loss, destroying the ecosystems we all rely upon to survive. We facilitate landscape restoration from the ground up. From farmers to business owners, policymakers to NGOs, we work with a diverse range of partners to protect and restore landscapes across the world. To make the greatest impact, we are also building a global movement to accelerate holistic landscape restoration via our 4 Returns framework.
The world’s ecosystems are degrading at an unprecedented pace. We support partners in over 20 countries to restore landscapes. Together, we create worldwide impact.
We offer a practical, holistic approach to landscape restoration that everyone can understand and use: the 4 Returns framework. This approach delivers returns to all landscape stakeholders: people, nature, communities and businesses.
Planting seeds of hope for a better future and giving PEOPLE a sense of purpose.
Bringing back jobs, education, and social connections: the building blocks of thriving COMMUNITIES.
Restoring biodiversity for healthy and resilient landscapes: reviving NATURE.
Creating long-term, sustainable income for communities: new BUSINESS models tailored to each landscape.
Landscape restoration is the improvement of degraded land on a large scale. It rebuilds ecosystems and enhances people’s lives. Restoration aims to improve water quality, protect and restore biodiversity, and create healthier soil (and, in turn, healthier plants). To be successful, landscape restoration must be long-term and holistic. In other words, it must address the interests and needs of all local stakeholders over time.
Regenerative agriculture recognises that working with nature, rather than against it, is necessary for the long-term sustainability of life on our planet. While most conventional farming practices devastate biodiversity, regenerative agriculture positively impacts the health of the land. Find out more about regenerative agriculture by clicking the link below.
Funding Commonland’s work means investing in our common future. We work with public and philanthropic funders and investors to offer our local partners access to funding opportunities.
We build long-term partnerships with a diverse range of partners from the local to the global level, to implement and scale holistic landscape restoration and protect our home planet.
Join the 4 Returns learning network to connect with others working in landscape restoration all over the world. Access opportunities to learn from your peers, as well as qualified experts.
We collaborate with policymakers to drive forward integrated, multi-level policy frameworks that support holistic landscape restoration.
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With support from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund (Nationale Postcode Loterij), Commonland and partners will support changemakers to scale up existing landscape restoration projects ...
In 2015, Willem Ferwerda, along with our colleague Dieter van Broeck and Commonland Ambassador John D.Liu, each contributed chapters to the Elsevier-published book “Land Restoration: Reclaiming La ...
Finance and investment are crucial to meeting the goal of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of nature worldwide. Therefore, Commonland united a panel ...
Commonland has come together with Landscape Finance Lab, as well as 19 other contributors, to issue a policy briefing offering guidance to EU institutions and Member States on why and how to leve ...