Our collective future depends upon our ability to restore the Earth: our common land.

From climate change and biodiversity loss, to pollution and food insecurity,  land- and sea-scape degradation is intrinsically linked to the world’s biggest problems. To solve this, we need policy and financial frameworks that support practical, integrated, and systemic solutions applied at the landscape scale.

While landscape restoration often sits within the “environment” policy silo, at the landscape scale it can generate substantial benefits to business, energy, climate, finance, and social stakeholders. A holistic landscape restoration approach is about green infrastructure; it enables the multi-level governance integration that is crucial for efficient and cohesive policymaking and implementation.

That’s why we work with policymakers to help them to integrate holistic landscape restoration into policy and regulatory frameworks, as one approach to achieve their environmental, economic, social and climate goals.

As we work with all landscape stakeholders – from farmers and scientists, to indigenous people, policymakers, conservationists, and business professionals – we can support participatory policymaking processes. Our landscapes can also provide best practice examples for policymakers to draw upon when revising regulatory and policy frameworks.

By supporting policymakers with information, best practice guidance, and access to a global network of people working on landscape restoration, we aim to support governments to meet their 2050 climate and biodiversity goals.

Publications

Learn more about how the holistic 4 Returns approach to landscape restoration can help us to secure sustainable, climate-resilient and functional natural systems that concurrently address the complex environmental, social and economic challenges we face.

Achieving the European Green Deal through Landscape Restoration

The European Green Deal (EGD) represents a unique opportunity for Europe to become the first climate-neutral continent and put nature on track to recovery. 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 leverage holistic landscape restoration to substantially, effectively, and efficiently deliver the EGD.

4 Returns Framework for Landscape Restoration

The 4 Returns framework for landscape restoration described in this report is a practical tested system-change framework that can be used by stakeholders to undertake a landscape approach. The framework seeks to balance competing stakeholder demands in a mosaic of different management approaches and business cases, to supply a full range of inspirational, natural, social and economic returns.

Landscape finance

Report on Financing Large-scale Nature Restoration

This report, co-authored by a coalition of 19 environmental organizations, focuses on the application of an investment concept called “Landscape Finance”, a financing approach that supports holistic landscape restoration and can aid the implementation of initiatives such as the European Green Deal. 

Landscape Valuation

That the world’s landscapes and ecosystems are degrading at an unprecedented pace is beyond question. A long-term and systemic approach to landscape restoration can generate monetary value for multiple stakeholders at the same time. This publication calculates the monetary value of restoring landscapes. The preliminary method is developed by Commonland with support of KPMG.

Latest news

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The Human Health Benefits of Landscape Restoration

Have you ever found yourself in an internet wormhole on the benefits of ice baths? Or the latest “superfood”? Or how many hours of sleep is now seen as optimum? In a digital world where endless he ...

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 ...

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