Keypartner

Commonland
 

Landscape restoration for sustainable economic development

The client

Commonland’s goal is to realize large-scale landscape restoration with local farmers, land-users and experts, based on sustainable business cases. To achieve this goal, Commonland advocates a holistic restoration approach that combines 3 different landscape zones for a period of 20 years, delivering 4 returns. At the moment, Commonland’s 4 returns approach is being practiced by development companies in multiple countries – such as South Africa, Spain, Australia, and the Netherlands – and it holds great potential to be scaled to other regions.

 Tough challenge

As the social, environmental and economic impacts of landscape degradation, global biodiversity loss and natural resource depletion become more apparent, the need for landscape level restoration is becoming increasingly pressing (Read our “From Challenge to Opportunity” report for clear insights into these challenges). Commonland actively involves investors, companies and entrepreneurs in long-term restoration partnerships in different countries with farmers and land-users. All projects share their approach of “4 returns/3 zones/20 years approach”. Yet, the understanding of Commonland’s 4 returns impact, and the organization’s ability to communicate, improve, and scale their approach, was hindered by the lack of a comprehensive framework. This made it difficult to assess the success and impact of projects.

 Shared opportunity

NewForesight has been assisting Commonland on technical and strategic topics related to their landscape restoration projects and businesses since 2015. We have supported with an investment strategy to identify potentially impactful businesses, and we have also contributed to continuous improvement of their intervention strategy by designing an M&E framework. We are proud to support a young organization with an innovative view and strategy that can change the lives of many people today, as well as securing a green future for all.

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Framework (took place in 2016)

Recognizing the multiple benefits this would bring for the organization, Commonland worked with NewForesight to develop its own results framework as a project design and management tool. The framework enables the organization and the individual development companies to establish strategic objectives, relate them to the aspired results of restoration interventions and resources, and track progress. Such results-based management also provides increased accountability toward partners and investors.

Partners

Partners

Commonland

Sectors

Sectors

Landscape restoration

Countries

Countries

Netherlands

Investment Review Strategy and Pipeline (took place in 2015)

A solid scan and pipeline helps to identify ventures with the highest potential impact on all 4 returns. Working closely with the Commonland team, we developed an effective system for identifying and reviewing promising businesses. Part of this involved a preliminary database and pipeline, with scouted and reviewed restoration ventures. We created a set of criteria and a rating system to organize the review process and built a database. This enabled the collection and review of potentially interesting restoration ventures that could deliver social, environmental, economic and inspirational value.

Partners

Partners

Commonland

Sectors

Sectors

Landscape restoration

Countries

Countries

Netherlands

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