Partnerships & Outreach
Holistic Landscape Management is built around long term, trustful, partnerships, locally in the field through, as well as on policy and institutional level. It is why we prioritise working in partnership with several organisations. Here we follow the quote of humanitarian Fred Matsers: ‘Let’s not compete, let’s compare with share, in order to share with care’.
Led by El Salvador and together with over 70 countries, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2021–2030 as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration on 1 March 2019. It was not only an important policy development, but also helps to create a movement for a regeneration economy. Commonland joined the advisory panel of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration that was hosted by UNEP, and supported by FAO, IUCN and the Global Landscape Forum, and became a partner. UNEP visited our landscape work in South Africa and started working to scale up the restoration of the fynbos area towards one million hectares with our 4 Returns partner Living Lands and others.
Also, a closer working relationship is created with the Great Green Wall initiative, an African-led movement of epic proportions initiated in 2007. In October Commonland joined the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a member, giving us access to the worldwide IUCN network of NGOs, Governments and experts. Meanwhile, we continued our joining the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration and participated in the Global Landscape Forum.
After we started working with the Red Cross in Haiti and the Philippines, we continued to help to establish a ‘4Returns4Resilience policy’ at the Red Cross. In December a dialogue was organised with Red Cross country heads in Geneva on multi-stakeholder partnerships in climate- smart disaster risk reduction with a landscape perspective. We aim to establish a long partnership next year. We also agreed to work more closely with the Egyptian holistic agricultural and land restoration company SEKEM that was founded in 1977 with the idea of sustainable development and giving back to the community. They intend to work more in the Middle East.
Our partnership with the Presencing Institute (PI) was strengthened. PI was founded in 2006 by MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer and colleagues to create an action research platform at the intersection of science, consciousness, and profound social and organisational change. The Theory U, a change framework and set of methodologies that PI developed is a critical part of our work field.
In the Netherlands we continued our partnership with Physical Environment Consultative Council of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (OFL) -an intermediate organisation of the Dutch ministries on Agriculture, Nature and Food Safety, and Infrastructure and Water – as part of our 4 Returns Lab For Tomorrows Harvest (FTH). We also joined the Deltaplan Biodiversity like our partner Wij.land did. The 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People Initiative, was convened by EcoAgriculture Partners. We joined 1000 Landscapes as a founding partner together with Rainforest Alliance, WWF Landscape Finance Lab, the United Nations Development Programme and Tech Matters. The aim is to join forces to link currently fragmented efforts, build capacities, and unlock investment finance that will enable landscape partnerships everywhere to achieve their regenerative landscape and livelihood ambitions more quickly, effectively and at scale. The first phase is funded by The Ikea Foundation. Meanwhile, another 25 organisations have joined as technical partners to help accelerate 1000 Landscapes.
Presentations were given to several (expert) fora (online and offline) in China, Latin America, the United States, Africa and Europe, like the European Business and Nature Summit in Madrid.