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 and community.

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.

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.

Our latest news

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

Experts agree on importance of long-term investment in landscape restoration

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 ...

Recommendations on Delivering the European Green Deal Through Landscape Restoration

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 ...

Annual Report 2021

Commonland unites conservationists, farmers, experts, entrepreneurs, community organisers, businesses, governments, and finance professionals to transform 100 million hectares of degraded land into th ...

Commonland and Presensing Institute present clear insight into addressing the causes of landscape degradation

Commonland and Presencing Institute have joined forces to bring together the many stakeholders and actors involved in landscapes and create an enabling environment for addressing the root causes of la ...