Ecosystems and Private Sector

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Thematic Group Leads

Jacob Park parkj@greenmtn.edu

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Commonland: 4 returns from landscape restoration

Commonland was founded in 2013 by the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, the Rotterdam School of Management – Erasmus University (http://www.rsm.nl/home/) and the COmON Foundation (http://www.comonstichting.org/en/). It has developed a 4 returns / 3 zones / 20 years approach to actively involve companies and investors in large scale ecosystem restoration based on 4 returns: return of inspiration, return of social capital, return of natural capital and return of financial capital.

 Commonland’s strategy is:  

  • develop the 4 returns approach into a practical system thinking approach for landscape restoration understandable for all stakeholders;
  • orchestrate and participate in the development of restoration landscapes that are scalable and replicable, and identify a pipeline of restoration ventures;
  • develop an investment fund that enables co-investments in those restoration landscapes and ventures;
  • start an educational centre at business school level for managers that think and act in terms of 4 returns and sustainable economic landscape development. 

Commonland works in close cooperation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (http://www.wbcsd.org), the Economics of Land Degradation (http://eld-initiative.org), Wageningen University (https://www.wageningenur.nl/en.htm) and is member of the Global  Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (http://www.forestlandscaperestoration.org) to contribute to the Bonn Challenge (http://www.bonnchallenge.org/content/challenge).

 

More information:

Video:

4 returns from landscape restoration (English): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zXj4dxMbeg

4 retornos de restauración de los paisajes (Español):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06L1tBunl9s

Publication

Background Paper:

4 returns from landscape restoration: a systemic and practical approach to restore degraded landscapes

Website 

http://www.commonland.com

 

 

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