Revitalizing communities and regenerating landscapes offers tremendous opportunities for society and business

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. We created the 4 Returns framework to be that common language.

Our mission

As initiator, catalyst and enabler of large-scale and long-term restoration initiatives, Commonland is on a mission to transform degraded landscapes into thriving ecosystems and communities based on sound business cases and aligned with international policies and guidelines.


Large-scale, long-term restoration

Since 2013, we have worked tirelessly to build a universal proof of concept that brings farmers, landowners, entrepreneurs, communities, nature organisations and legislators together to create real returns on investment per hectare. Called 4 Returns, this framework is capable of initiating, organising and following through on large-scale and long-term restoration initiatives that integrate ecology, land use and business.


UN Sustainable Development Goals

We are doers, not dreamers. Together with our partners we are committed to transforming 100 million hectares of degraded land into thriving ecosystems and communities by 2040. That’s an area twice the size of Spain – ambitious, but with the right partners and focus, definitely achievable. By supporting on-the-ground initiatives with our 4 Returns framework we believe we can contribute significantly to all UN Sustainable Development Goals and Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).

Our team

Founded by ecologist Willem Ferwerda and entrepreneur Wijnand Pon, and recognised and supported by a wide range of partners, Commonland currently comprises an international expert team of scientists, conservationists, farmers, facilitators, ambassadors and thinkers. We work together closely with an ever-growing group of partners in worldwide landscape projects.

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Willem Ferwerda

Founder and CEO 

Biologist. Expert in tropical ecology, biodiversity and agriculture. Entrepreneur and managing director. Worked worldwide in nature conservation and restoration. Former director IUCN Netherlands and initiator of nature initiatives.

Since I was a kid nature has fascinated and nurtured me. Now my work is driven by science and making use of business, but fundamentally I am fuelled by a deep inner connection with our natural system of which we all are part. I am grateful to contribute to this system, while challenging and being challenged and always open to learn from others.

Bas van Dijk

Landscape developer 

Studied earth sciences and economics 

Commonland’s holistic yet pragmatic way of working towards sustainable change excites me. We work with all the different stakeholders in a landscape and focus on building bridges, taking into account the local context and working with them to develop robust solutions that address the issues at their root.

Dieter Van den Broeck

Labs manager 4 Returns Labs - Design strategist and facilitator

Studied Nature conservation and ecology

We recognise that there are many inspiring people, initiatives and stories doing the work of our time “restoring nature”, whilst we are still missing the large-scale stories. Therefore, we bring people, initiatives and organisations together to create a safe space for them to write their own collective stories of transformation and regenerative impact.

Kilian Waltz

Carbon Project Specialist

Studied Integrated Natural Resource Management and has a PhD in Soil Carbon Science & Peatland Ecology

‘I am convinced that restoring landscapes benefits people, biodiversity, and the climate. My work at Commonland involves creating a methodology for estimating peat soil carbon emissions in the Netherlands and developing carbon projects for landscape restoration. To successfully restore landscapes, we must improve soil carbon storage, which we link to existing voluntary carbon markets.’

Maxyne Leermakers

Office Manager

Studied Hotel Management

'Growing up, I was already aware of my environment, what I consumed, and its impact on nature. But unfortunately, hospitality and sustainability are not always aligned, so this is where I felt the need to act and create bridges between our western consumption mindset and taking care of our planet.'

Clara Ramschie

Executive assistant

Background in commercial business industry

After working for a long time in a commercial business industry, I wanted to work for an organisation that contributes to the improvement of our living environment. Surrounded with passionate colleagues I'm learning a lot.

Jasper Bertels

Landscape finance expert

Background in corporate strategic finance 

My mission is to reconnect man and nature by realising innovative business models supporting conservation and restoration of nature and biodiversity. This is exactly what I do in my role at Commonland by mobilising funding for large-scale landscape restoration initiatives around the world.

Harma Rademaker

Landscape manager

Background in tropical agriculture and rural development 

I like the combination of working with local communities, restoring landscapes and building resilient livelihoods. It brings together every aspect I have worked on in my career. It is rewarding and unique.

Jacqueline de Ligt

Finance manager

Background in business administration and the cultural sector.

The work and vision of Commonland, and the passion of the people who work for the organisation appeal to me most. And combining finance with a subject that is close to my heart, that’s what drives me.

Robin Vos

Impact & Learning Officer

Background in biology and geology, specialised in remote sensing.

What goes on in the Earth’s soils fascinates me. By measuring, modelling, and mapping ecosystems, we can assess the quality of a landscape and understand what influence certain management practices have on the land. This way, we can make a long-lasting impact on the way we interact with nature.

Victoria Gutierrez

Head of Global Policy

Nadine de Vogel

Senior Communication Manager

Background in marketing management and anthropology. Experience working for sustainable organisations in South America, South-east Asia and The Netherlands.

I belief that ecosystems and communities can only thrive together – hand in hand. I’m passionate and excited about sparking a change; getting others involved in this collective movement and make them aware of the beautiful world we live in!

Kyra van den Hil

Landscape developer

Background in anthropology & development sociology and forest & nature conservation 

 I want to contribute to an inclusive regenerative and restorative movement. Where we, humans, will become partners of nature. My work at Commonland allows me to make this contribution.

Jeroen Voorhuis

Chief Operations Officer

Studied engineering and business administration. Background at the crossroads of Supply Chain Management and Technology in senior positions at Accenture and Royal Philips.

I like business - building strategies - and I love nature. Working at Commonland enables me to combine these interests. Based on a business-model approach, we contribute to changing the world, and we can concretely see the impact we create. Deeply inspiring… it’s what drives me daily in my work.

Jim Mackintosh

Director - Landscape Development & Support 

After a PhD in chemistry, Jim spent a decade in finance before joining Commonland in 2014

I have always been attracted by the interconnectedness of things. At Commonland viwe try to see and make connections between different worlds, where we can openly and respectfully engage with indigenous leaders, or with farmers, in the same way we would engage with an investor, or the government. Commonland allows me to work in line with my values.

Laurens Gomes

Director - Landscape Development & Support

Roos van der Deijl

Tools & Platform Developer 

Studied liberal arts and sciences, neuroscience, and future planet ecosystem science 

Commonland’s focus on making a positive impact to our earth, instead of just reducing our negative impacts immediately appealed to me. And the fact that it’s holistic approach allows for its impact to be long-lasting and large-scale. I really enjoy working with my colleagues and our landscape partners.

Pieter Ploeg

Design Strategist and Facilitator

Background in strategic leadership towards sustainability & social innovation

My two passions are soil regeneration and participatory processes. Since holistic regeneration of our soils requires collaboration of the whole system I can bring both passions together at Commonland. As we all strive together to reach the (bold) 2040 goal we step into a big responsibility, with the freedom and flexibility to design how to get there.

Mariken van den Boogaard

Director of Development & Communications

Studied Journalism and Social Sciences. Previously held marketing and business development roles at L’Oréal and Beiersdorf and strategy roles for the City of Amsterdam, mainly focusing on sustainable tourism and public affairs.

At Commonland we aim to bring the world of economy and ecology together and create common grounds for common solutions via a common language, this inspires me.

Simon Moolenaar

Director - Knowledge, Education & Innovation 

Studied environmental sciences at Wageningen University: MSc in soil quality management; PhD in sustainable management of agro-ecosystems (industrial ecology). Interdisciplinary background in integrated landscape management.

“I enjoy developing solutions and exploring opportunities to connect economy and ecology together with academia and stakeholders on the ground. Commonland’s holistic approach, sense of urgency and long-term perspective inspire me. It aligns with my values and mission: to care for creation and contribute to restoring landscapes and revitalizing communities.” 

Juliette Westerink

Junior project manager Marketing & Communicatie

Background in in Psychology (BSc) and Philisophical Perspective on Politics and Economics (MSc).

Landscape restoration starts with creating a collective spirit for change within a community. It excites me that this spirit is shared by a growing worldwide group of landscape practitioners and other stakeholders and that we at Commonland get to play a part in this movement.

Tessa Snaterse

Donor relationship expert

Studied communication & information sciences and has a background in international consultancy

What excites me is that the 4 Returns framework provides a common language for farmers, entrepreneurs, communities, investors, funders and governments. Being able to connect these groups and forming partnerships with others will be crucial in achieving our mission.

Willemijn de Iongh

Landscape Developer

Studied environmental anthropology (social ecology).

The way Commonland works with and trusts its partners is quite unconventional, in my experience. Our approach is quite unique. It takes dedication for an organisation to work holistically. Also, the sense of trust allows people to be creative and to give more energy to work.

Anouk Breukers

HR Manager

Background in Bachelor Public Administration and Master Business Administration with graduation track HRM. Worked in Tech & IT.

I love working at Commonland because of our green mission and our contribution to make the world a greener place. Also, Commonland is an open-minded organisation with passionate and inspiring people: my colleagues.

Hicham Daoudi

Head of Carbon

Thomas Lovett

Stories and platform developer 

Studied anthropology and human-nature relations 

Commonland is a diverse organisation that offers a mature approach to landscape restoration. People at Commonland are so passionate about their work. And I really enjoy being a part of that. Here, I can combine my two passions: writing and the relation between humans and nature.

Alejandro Diaz

Landscape Finance Specialist

Rutger Bults

Senior landscape developer


Wijnand Pon

Founding patron

Bela Jankovich de Jeszenice


Louise Vet

Deputy Chair

John Loudon

Secretary, executive board member

Gerard van Hengstum


Celine van Asselt

Advisor to the board

Maas Jan Heineman

General member

Stephanie Lohmann

General member

Daniel Christian Wahl

Transformative Innovation, Whole Systems Design, Consultancy, Education, Futures, author of 'Designing Regenerative Cultures'.

Zamba Batjargal

International environmental policy
Advisor to the Environmental Information Center of the Ministry of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia.

Jesús Casas Grande

Landscape ecology
Occupied several high positions at the Central Spanish Government and former director of several National Parks.

Luc Gnacadja

Architecture, international policy
Former Minister of the Environment, Housing, and Urban Planning in Benin. Former Executive Secretary of the UNCCD.

Mike Jansen

Partner Corporate/M&A at Jones Day in Amsterdam. Former member and Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam.

Geoff Lawton

Internationally recognized specialist and teacher in permaculture.

Jane Madgwick

Ecology, policy, stakeholder management
Worked in ecology and conservation for 25 years. CEO of Wetlands International since 2004.

Meiny Prins

Business and eco-agro-technology
CEO of the Priva Group, a world leader in sustainable technologies for the indoor environment.

K.H. Moon

Business, sustainability

President & CEO of New Paradigm Institute and Hansoll Textile in South Korea.

Robert Reibestein


Was senior partner of McKinsey & Company until 2011. For almost 30 years he served leading financial institutions in Europe and Asia.

Herman Rosa Chávez

Governance, environmental policy
Former Minister of Environment & Natural Resources, El Salvador. Launched National Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Program.

Mehmet Serdar Sarýgül

Restoration, business

Founding Partner & Chairman at BT Global Partners, former director of TEMA Foundation.

Pavan Sukhdev

Economics of ecosystems
President and Board Chair of WWF-International. Lead UN reports: 'The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity' & ‘Towards a Green Economy’.

Herman Wijffels

Banking, sustainability
Dutch economist and former CEO of Rabobank & widely recognized authority on sustainability, business and governance.

Pita Verweij

Restoration ecology
Professor in Land Use and Biodiversity at the Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute.

Mantang Cai

Restoration ecology, forestry
Deputy Director of Beijing Development Institute of Beijing University in China.

Sara Scherr

Landscape management, business
Agricultural & natural resource economist. Founder, President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners.

Rui Li

Soil and water conservation

Professor at the Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (ISWC), CAS/MWR and NWUAF.

Michael Braungart

Social and Political Sciences of the Environment
CEO, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency. Academic Cradle to Cradle Chair for Innovation and Quality, RSM.

Nanno Kleiterp

Development Finance, banking, sustainability
Chairman of IUCN, Dutch Chapter. Chairman of EDFI. Former CEO of FMO.

Jonathan Wates

Sustainability and leadership
Member of the Wates Group Board and chair of its Sustainability Committee. Holds a Masters in Sustainability Leadership.

Charles Massy

Environment, society & regenerative agriculture

Visiting Fellow at The Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University.

Wouter-Jan Schouten

Business and Sustainable Food Systems
Associate partner at NewForesight and theme Director Sustainable Food Systems at TiFN.


Warren Pensini

Livestock Supply Chain Manager
Wide Open Agriculture

Eva Fransen

Project development & communications

Merylin Elson

Marketing Operations Manager
Wide Open Agriculture

Frank Ohlenschlaeger

4 Returns Business cases

Catalina Casanova Arcas


Elvira Marín Irigaray


Danielle de Nie

Co-founder and Co-director

Stuart McAlpine

Non-executive Director
Wide Open Agriculture

Marina López Fernández

Communications and Marketing

Marijn Zwinkels

Managing Director
Living Lands

Ben Cole

Managing Director
Wide Open Agriculture

Lachy Ritchie

Farmland Portfolio Manager
Wide Open Agriculture

Matthijs Boeschoten

Project & business development

Lotte Duursma


Jay Albany

Business Development Manager
Wide Open Agriculture

Anthony Maz Maslin

Founder and Chairman
Wide Open Agriculture

Lydia Fee

Joint Company Secretary
Wide Open Agriculture

Sam Wright

Joint Company Secretary
Wide Open Agriculture

Gijs Boers


Fernando Bautista Expósito

Natural Zone Restoration

Laura Núñez Álvarez

Monitoring and Evaluation

Tim Whyte

Commercial Manager
Wide Open Agriculture

Miguel Ángel Gómez

Research and implementation of regenerative techniques in agricultural areas

Kellie Dagg

Corporate Development Manager
Wide Open Agriculture



We firmly believe in working together, this is why we have an active network of proactive organisations, investors, experts, NGOs, governments and businesses advising us and working beside us to help us fulfil our mission.

Membership-based Partners
Collaborative Partners
Mission related partners

The Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration was launched in 2003 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Forestry Commission of Great Britain. Since then, more than 25 governments and international and non-governmental organizations have joined. It is a proactive network that unites governments, organizations, communities and individuals with a common goal: restoring the world’s degraded and deforested lands.

The partnership was initiated with the purpose of catalyzing and reinforcing a network of diverse examples of restoration of forests and degraded lands that deliver benefits to local communities and to nature, and fulfill international commitments on forests.

Commonland is a member of the partnership with the objective to share information amongst the partnership members and to contribute to the goal of the Bonn Challenge with the 4 returns approach and concrete projects in the field.

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“After years of testing the 4 Returns framework for restoring landscapes is building a sound concept that can go to scale. It will be a valuable tool to achieve the goals of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.”

– Tim Christopherson, Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration.

Led by El Salvador and joined by over 70 countries from all latitudes, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021–2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This action positions the restoration of ecosystems as a major nature-based solution towards meeting a wide range of national priorities.

The UN Decade calls for strong commitments and efforts by countries, the international community, civil society, businesses and others to achieve transformational ecosystem restoration. All ecosystems are involved, including forests, grasslands, croplands, wetlands, savannahs and other terrestrial and inland water ecosystems, marine and coastal ecosystems and, as appropriate, urban environments. This involves the restoration of at least 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes by 2030, realizing up to US$9 trillion in net benefits and alleviating poverty in many rural communities.



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The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of the six scientific commissions of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The IUCN CEM is a network of volunteer experts, numbering 1,000, from around the world working on ecosystem management-related issues, for example climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, Red List of Ecosystems, fisheries and ecosystem restoration and services.

The Commission works closely with other IUCN commissions, such as the Species Survival Commission and the World Commission on Protected Areas, as well as IUCN regional offices and global thematic programs. The IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP) is the focal program for CEM, which provides secretariat and technical support. Commonland staff are taking part in CEM’s thematic working groups on ecosystem restoration and business involvement. The international secretariat is based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN CEM is one of the founding fathers of Commonland. The Commission offers Commonland guidance and advice and gives access to IUCN’s worldwide database on ecosystems and network experts.

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Landscapes are mosaics of natural and human-modified ecosystems. They provide multiple benefits, such as food, rural livelihoods and wellbeing, energy, fibers and building materials, medicines, ecosystem services and biodiversity.

As a form of integrated landscape management, ecoagriculture affirms the value of supporting these benefits in a way that reinforces synergies. In the past, the goals of ecoagriculture were often perceived to be in conflict. But many integrated landscape initiatives practicing ecoagriculture have shown how conservation, agriculture and development can co-exist or even positively affect each other.

This process requires collaboration or coordination between diverse stakeholders who are collectively responsible for managing key components of a landscape. EcoAgriculture Partners uses an integrated approach to enhance rural livelihoods, conserve biodiversity and improve agricultural productivity.

EcoAgriculture Partners is supporting the mission of Commonland. Commonland is a strategic partner of EcoAgriculture Partners and also participates in the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative.


We help people in need. We do so right around the corner – and far away. Our mission is to prevent and relieve human suffering, everywhere. Protect lives and health, and safeguard respect for every human. That has been our mission for over 150 years. With particular attention to the most vulnerable people, those who cannot survive or whose health is endangered without help.


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The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive.

Founded at its grassroots in the United States in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than a million members and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and more than 400 scientists, we impact conservation in 72 countries across six continents.


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The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. They are an alliance of companies, farmers, foresters, communities, and consumers committed to creating a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

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To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research Centre). A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community at large.

The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to combine the strengths of specialized research institutes and Wageningen University. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach. As a mission partner, several Wageningen UR institutes and experts are involved in ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation.


“RSM is one of the founding partners of Commonland. Our collaboration with founder Willem Ferwerda started on 1 September 2012 when we appointed Willem to be RSMs first Executive Fellow Business & Ecosystems –this title is an accurate description of the two fields we aim to bridge. The collaboration deepened when we, together with Commonland’s Head of Science & Education, jointly obtained funding from the Erasmus-programme of the European Union in September 2016. Over the past 3 years, we have developed a number of massive open online courses, teaching cases and numerous guest lectures for business students, who tell us that their world view has broadened. Have a look at for more information about this partnership, or watch this video to hear Willem Ferwerda explain why a business school should be interested in ecosystems and landscapes.”

Eva Rood – director, Positive Change Initiative. Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.



There has never been more money and political will for conservation and sustainability than in this decade.  Yet investors and land managers are struggling to originate high-quality, de-risked, land use projects.  The Landscape Finance Lab bridges this gap. It is a system to structure, de-risk, launch, and fund sustainable land use deals at landscape scale – covering millions of hectares, mobilising hundreds of millions of dollars and catalysing major impact – including carbon sequestration, food security, poverty reduction and biodiversity conservation.

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of the six scientific commissions of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The IUCN CEM is a network of volunteer experts, numbering 1,000, from around the world working on ecosystem management-related issues, for example climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, Red List of Ecosystems, fisheries and ecosystem restoration and services.

The Commission works closely with other IUCN commissions, such as the Species Survival Commission and the World Commission on Protected Areas, as well as IUCN regional offices and global thematic programs. The IUCN Global Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP) is the focal program for CEM, which provides secretariat and technical support. Commonland staff are taking part in CEM’s thematic working groups on ecosystem restoration and business involvement. The international secretariat is based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN CEM is one of the founding fathers of Commonland. The Commission offers Commonland guidance and advice and gives access to IUCN’s worldwide database on ecosystems and network experts.

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“Wouldn’t we all want to live in a Blue Line SocietyTM?”
– John Loudon, CEO COmON Foundation

The COmON Foundation is a private, charitable fund, dedicated to the regeneration and re-greening of degraded areas worldwide, empowering communities, optimising land use and nurturing nature, based on innovative approaches. The COmON Foundation is Commonland’s cornerstone funder and has supported Commonland from the very start. They look forward to achieving more impact in the future!

The COmON Foundation believes that the only sustainable way forward is to strive for a Blue Line Society™. This society offers a better, less destructive balance; it means taking less from the Earth than the planet can give back. As a consequence, the greater the extent to which we achieve a Blue Line Society™, the healthier our planet becomes. Blue Line is a philosophy based on the principles of nature that create healthy income flows in the form of sustainable business for profit. In a Blue Line Society™, we will focus on locally available resources to fulfil the basic needs of both people and planet. We will restore and conserve nature, while at the same time creating economic and inspirational values.

“The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support a fairer and greener world. Today it is the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands, with at least 40 percent of the annual turnover going to over 100 non-governmental organisations. Since the start of the Lottery over €5.8 billion has been distributed to these beneficiaries.

Commonland has received € 3.7 million from the Dutch Postcode Lottery since 2016. In 2018 Commonland received an Extra Award of € 1,394,000 for landscape restoration in Baviaanskloof. We are glad that on behalf of the participants of our Lottery, we have been able to support Commonland in their important conservation work to recover landscapes in the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa and Australia. We believe that Baviaanskloof is a valuable addition to this. In 2018 I visited the Baviaanskloof myself, and I saw the positive effects of the ‘restoration of hope’ on the local community. We are also very proud that we can support Commonland in their sustainable approach with attention to nature and people, thereby strengthening both the ecology and the community.’’

– Margriet Schreuders, Head of charities, Dutch Postcode Lottery

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“The IKEA Foundation cares for people and the planet. We want to be a force for positive change and have the possibility to make significant and lasting impact – today and for generations to come. I feel proud and humble to know that in partnering with Commonland, we have joined a like-minded, transformative community that is working to bridge economy and ecology.”

– Annelies Withofs, programme manager at IKEA Foundation


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LGT Venture Philanthropy is a global venture philanthropy organization striving to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged people, contribute to healthy ecosystems, and build resilient, inclusive and prosperous communities.

They do so by combining the discipline of professional investment management with an in-depth knowledge of the sectors and regions they are active in. LGT Venture Philanthropy’s management, team and board members are dedicated to supporting their portfolio organizations and companies as they grow and scale their solutions.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is a global initiative on the economic benefits of land and land-based ecosystems. It aims to increase political and public awareness of the economic costs and benefits of healthy and productive land. The secretariat of the initiative is hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make the economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision-making by increasing political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.

The ELD vision is to transform global understanding of the economic value of productive land based on both market and non-market values, and to improve stakeholder awareness for socio-economic arguments to improve sustainable land management, prevent the loss of natural capital, preserve ecosystem services, combat climate change, and address food, energy, and water security. The ELD methodological approach will translate economic, social and ecological knowledge into topical information and tools to support improved policy-making and practices in land management suitable for policy makers, scientific communities, local administrators and practitioners, and the private sector.

As mission partner, ELD provides Commonland access to its methodology and network of experts on the economics of land degradation.

Established in 1994, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found.

“Landscape restoration is the cheapest and most efficient form of climate action, which places people and ecosystems in the center of development. Reviving degraded landscapes to amplify returns across sectors is a win-win idea.”

– Ibrahim Thiaw, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Executive Secretary of the Convention to Combat Desertification


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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

UNEP work encompasses assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends, developing international and national environmental instruments, and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.

The mission of the United Nations Environment Programme on ecosystem restoration is aligned with the Bonn Challenge and with Commonland’s mission.


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