Why do we need to restore the world's land?
Our collective future depends upon our ability to restore the Earth: our common land. Landscape degradation affects us all. From climate change and biodiversity loss, to pollution and food insecurity, it is at the heart of the world’s biggest challenges.
To restore the planet’s degraded land and secure a brighter future for everyone, we must take action now
That’s why we’re working with our partners to try to restore 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2040. To achieve this ambitious goal, we’ve developed the 4 Returns framework: a practical and holistic approach to landscape restoration that everyone can understand and use. This approach is being used by people all over the world to create thriving ecosystems, economies and communities, securing a brighter future for everyone on planet Earth.
Our approach: 4 Returns
Our practical approach, the 4 Returns framework delivers returns to all landscape stakeholders: people, nature, communities and businesses. It's being used by people all over the world to restore and protect our home planet and keep it healthy for generations to come.
Return of inspiration
Planting seeds of hope for a better future and giving PEOPLE a sense of purpose.
Bringing back jobs, education, and social connections: the building blocks of thriving COMMUNITIES.
Restoring biodiversity for healthy and resilient landscapes: reviving NATURE.
Realising long-term, sustainable income: new BUSINESS models tailored to each landscape and community.
Why the 4 Returns works
Restoring our planet’s landscapes is achievable – but only if we work together. From farmers to business owners, policymakers to NGO’s, we collaborate with a diverse range of stakeholders to create lasting change. A roadmap for successful collaboration, the 4 Returns framework unites all landscape stakeholders around one shared goal: restoring their landscape while creating a sustainable income for local communities.
Offering an approach that is both practical and adaptable, the 4 Returns enables landscape stakeholders to co-create a long-term vision and collectively act upon it.
“When ecology drives the economy, everyone thrives. To achieve our mission, we are trying to rebalance our relationship with nature. The time has come to move beyond financial returns – to shift from an economic model that damages the environment to one that keeps it healthy for future generations. To do this, we need long-term, large-scale, and holistic landscape restoration.”
Willem Ferwerda, CEO Commonland