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

Reversing desertification with regenerative practices

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

ecological rehabilitation

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.

Regenerative agriculture

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Donate or invest

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

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 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.

Policy work

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.

Commonland Annual Report 2023

Commonland Annual Report 2023

Our Annual Report looks back at the impact Commonland and partners made through holistic landscape restoration in 2023. In a world where one football pitch of soil is degraded every 5 seconds, exacerb ...

Why reforestation is not a silver bullet: the role of fire in restoration

Wiebke Langer, Living Lands, explains why restoration methods must be adjusted to the local landscape context, using the example of prescribed burns in the South African Fynbos ecosystem. Reforestatio ...

A Guide to Holistic Landscape Restoration

Commonland Launches “The 4 Returns Framework: A Guide to Holistic Landscape Restoration”   

Commonland launches “The 4 Returns Framework: A Guide to Holistic Landscape Restoration” a comprehensive resource to help communities restore ecosystems, combat climate change, and promote ...

Green Gold documentary

Green Gold: a documentary by Commonland Ambassador John D. Liu

Green Gold: Regreening the Desert, a documentary by John D. Liu, highlights the crucial role of ecosystems and the profound impact of human activity on them. For over 15 years, Liu, a cameraman and ec ...

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