Commonland is an international scale-up with their headquarter located in Amsterdam. With an enthusiastic and committed team of around 25 professionals, our ambition is to restore more than 1000 landscapes based on our 4 Returns framework.
Commonland was founded in 2013 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.
We believe that landscape restoration offers tremendous untapped opportunities for sustainable economic development. To demonstrate this potential, a new holistic framework was developed to replace ‘the business of usual’ of short-term maximisation of return-on-investment per hectare. Commonland’s landscape restoration projects are based on business cases and deliver 4 ReturnsTM (the return of inspiration, social capital, natural capital and financial capital) while using a three- landscape zoning approach and an implementation period of minimal one generation (20 years).