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 ...

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 ...

Reflections on Empowering Women and Environmental Stewardship: Core Values That Guide My Work

Getrude Mwiba has over 10 years of experience in environmental conservation. Her passion for forestry was ignited during childhood forest excursions with her father, and she now plays a crucial role i ...

Deforestation's Impact on Rain

Drought or Downpour: Deforestation’s Impact on Rain

Have you ever been in a forest when it’s raining? You may not notice when the rainfall ends – even if the clouds have stopped their downpour. Why? Because rain continues to drip through the ca ...

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 ...

“Bioregional weaving”: a solution to Europe’s most pressing problems?

A recap of the Bioregional Weaving Labs (BWL) Learning Summit, November 2023. It’s a cold, rainy day in East Germany. A diverse group of people from across Europe sit in a circle, periodically placi ...

Bioregional weaving networks: Connecting people and land

Ellie Percey, Landscape Developer at Commonland, offers a reflection of the recent communing of the Bioregional Weaving Labs collective in Brandenburg, Germany, woven with inspiration from Robin Wall ...

Regenerative farming and access to land rights are important for a sustainable future on a farm.

Access to Land Initiatives and the Commons: Four key takeaways

In modern society, the traditional concept of land ownership is being reimagined as a shared resource for collective benefit. The latest 4 Returns Community of Practice brings together experts to talk ...

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