Building a new balance between ecology, economics and hope

The world’s landscapes and ecosystems are degrading at an unprecedented pace. It’s in our common interest to build resilient landscapes, restore healthy ecosystems and create regenerative businesses for generations to come.


Now more than ever, the world needs viable solutions based on social and ecological needs, science and entrepreneurship. For this to happen, we need a practical holistic approach that everybody understands.

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4 Returns

4 Returns: a holistic and practical framework that acts as the common language of global landscape restoration.

4 Returns is a science-based framework that is proven in practice. Developed in close collaboration with leading scientific institutes, business schools, farmers and experts, 4 Returns transforms degraded ecosystems by focusing on 4 key returns over the course of a single generation (20 years).

Giving people hope and a sense of purpose.
Social Capital
Bringing back jobs, business activity, education and security.
Natural Capital
Restoring biodiversity, soil, water quality and capturing carbon.
Financial Capital
Realising long-term sustainable profit.

In the media

El País: the herculean task of pushing back the desert in Spain

An inspiring article explaining how our partner AlVelAl is succeeding with regenerative agriculture schemes.

UNEP: big potential benefits for restoring South Africa’s spekboom thicket

The UN Environment Programme on the work of our South African partner


Dutch Postcode Lottery doubles contribution to Commonland

This was announced during the Goed Geld Gala 2019. Read our press release here.

Regenerative almond agriculture in the combined zone of the Altiplano. In the back: the natural zone of the national park Velez Maria.

Annual Report 2018

While 2018 proved to be the fourth hottest year in recorded history, it was also characterized by the declaration of the “UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030”, which aligns closely with Commonland’s focus.