Up to 40% of the world's land is degraded. We're working to restore it.

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.

Where we work

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.

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Reversing desertification with regenerative practices

A regenerative movement led by a common vision is tackling desertification, halting soil erosion and creating resilient communities.

Boosting biodiversity through ecological rehabilitation

Local communities use business to restore a unique biodiversity hotspot and regenerate a city’s water supply.

Our approach: 4 Returns

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.

Return of inspiration

Planting seeds of hope for a better future and giving PEOPLE a sense of purpose.

Social return

Bringing back jobs, education, and social connections: the building blocks of thriving COMMUNITIES.

Natural return

Restoring biodiversity for healthy and resilient landscapes: reviving NATURE.

Financial return

Creating long-term, sustainable income for communities: new BUSINESS models tailored to each landscape.

What is holistic landscape restoration?

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: a growing movement

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.

Join us to restore the planet we call home

Donate or Invest

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. 

Partner with us

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 our learning network

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.

Explore our policy work

We collaborate with policymakers to drive forward integrated, multi-level policy frameworks that support holistic landscape restoration.

Featured articles

Explore Commonland's latest news, publications and events, and get inspired to restore the Earth.

A Greener Narrative in Africa: Insights from Community-Centered Research

Revitalising degraded land in Africa is a frontline strategy for mitigating climate change both at the local and the global level. Restoration efforts are not only crucial for local communities but pi ...

Turning ruin into regeneration: 10 ways landscape restoration tackles interrelated crises

Phoebe Weston’s November Guardian article 10 ways in which the climate crisis and nature loss are linked demonstrates the interrelation of the biodiversity and climate crises. From destroyed landsca ...

Reuters reports on Wide Open Agriculture Lupin production

At the end of 2023, Reuters covered the work of our partners Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) as pioneers in lupin production in Western Australia. The item presents the potential role of Lupins in the fut ...

Dive into 2024 with our New Year book recommendations

What better way to start the New Year than with a carefully curated list of books designed to deepen your understanding of yourself and the world around you? We’ve got together with the whole Common ...