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Key Grantees that have our interest

We are currently involved in four Key Granteeships aimed at initiating complex processes on a gigantic scale. These four partnerships are Commonland, Charles Darwin Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Wetlands International, have a look what they do!

Wetlands International
 

Wetlands International

COmON is proud to partner with Wetlands International and is supporting them to make a step change in fundraising, communications and strategic partnerships linked to their extensive programmes of work world-wide. The support will enable Wetlands International to play a leading role in mobilising and upscaling wetland recovery at scale, so contributing greatly to achieving the 2030 global goals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dujjim7-0Bw&feature=youtu.be
https://www.wetlands.org/

Wetlands International
 

Wetlands International

Healthy ecosystems are much more than havens for biodiversity. Urgent action at scale is needed to address combined challenges of ecosystem degradation and climate change. Wetlands International and Commonland Foundation have come together to accelerate landscape regeneration by working through the 4 Returns Framework as a common methodology and to create a 4 Returns Finance framework alongside. COmON is the first donor of this unique and promising partnership. Together they envision to accelerate landscape regeneration so that nature and people thrive. This first phase will enable a step change towards achieving scale in landscape restoration, by stimulating learning and synergies among the partners in 6 landscapes and establishing pathways to mobilise others. This collaboration kickstarted in June 2021 with a well-received joint publication at the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The publication can be found here:

https://www.wetlands.org/

Wetlands International
 

Wetlands International

To Plant or not to Plant: Summary

The To plant or not to Plant initiative aims to restore 30.000 ha of mangroves in support of climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and human well-being. It applies Ecological Mangrove Restoration principles. This integrated approach yields much better results than restoration approaches that focus on large-scale tree planting only. The initiative develops business plans with local partnerships, including communities, NGOs government agencies and private sector that enable expansion of small-scale mangrove restoration projects across a landscape scale. Wetlands International provides training and awareness raising to ensure implementation capacities are in place. Target countries include Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. A global outreach campaign stimulates replication elsewhere. Please click here for more information.

Wetlands International
 

Wetlands International

To Plant or not to Plant: Summary

The To plant or not to Plant initiative aims to restore 30.000 ha of mangroves in support of climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and human well-being. It applies Ecological Mangrove Restoration principles. This integrated approach yields much better results than restoration approaches that focus on large-scale tree planting only. The initiative develops business plans with local partnerships, including communities, NGOs government agencies and private sector that enable expansion of small-scale mangrove restoration projects across a landscape scale. Wetlands International provides training and awareness raising to ensure implementation capacities are in place. Target countries include Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. A global outreach campaign stimulates replication elsewhere. Please click here for more information.

Wetlands International
 

Wetlands International

To Plant or not to Plant: Summary

The To plant or not to Plant initiative aims to restore 30.000 ha of mangroves in support of climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and human well-being. It applies Ecological Mangrove Restoration principles. This integrated approach yields much better results than restoration approaches that focus on large-scale tree planting only. The initiative develops business plans with local partnerships, including communities, NGOs government agencies and private sector that enable expansion of small-scale mangrove restoration projects across a landscape scale. Wetlands International provides training and awareness raising to ensure implementation capacities are in place. Target countries include Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. A global outreach campaign stimulates replication elsewhere. Please click here for more information.

Wetlands International
 

Wetlands International

To Plant or not to Plant: Summary

The To plant or not to Plant initiative aims to restore 30.000 ha of mangroves in support of climate mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and human well-being. It applies Ecological Mangrove Restoration principles. This integrated approach yields much better results than restoration approaches that focus on large-scale tree planting only. The initiative develops business plans with local partnerships, including communities, NGOs government agencies and private sector that enable expansion of small-scale mangrove restoration projects across a landscape scale. Wetlands International provides training and awareness raising to ensure implementation capacities are in place. Target countries include Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. A global outreach campaign stimulates replication elsewhere. Please click here for more information.

 

Aardpeer

COmON Foundation is one of the funders of the Aardpeer Project which has been initiated by Stichting Wij.land (partner of Aardpeer) in cooperation with Stichting BD Grondbeheer, Triodos Regenerative Money Center and Stichting Herenboeren. The goal of this project is to establish an investment fund to acquire agricultural land enabling the transition to a more equitable and sustainable agricultural and food system in The Netherlands. High land prices are a systematic driver to intensification of the agricultural system. The Aardpeer project enables both farmers and food initiatives to get access to land for affordable lease prices. The investor is given a modest financial return and high natural and social returns. This will enable the transition to a food and agricultural system that is driven by nature, socially connected and economically sound.

Click here for more info (in Dutch only)

 

Commonland Spain is one of our Key Grantees.

have a look what Commonland is doing!

In the semi-arid steppe Altiplano Estepario in Southern Spain, Commonland mobilizes local farmers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders and embarked on an ambitious large-scale dryland restoration initiative to halt desertification and erosion and bring back prosperity using Commonland’s 4 Returns framework. More information can be found here.

 

Red Cross

Red Cross Netherlands, apart from emergency relief and humanitarian aid, is increasingly focusing on identifying ways to decrease the negative impact of natural hazards on vulnerable communities and / or avoiding & preventing such impacts all together. With the financial support of the COmON Foundation, this is done by assisting communities to be prepared for natural hazards to increase their resilience. Red Cross Netherlands puts into practice, via its Princess Margriet Fund, its international partnerships with sister National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and other partnerships covering the humanitarian field. In Haiti the Red Cross together with Commonland are working on a project named Green Pearls to eventually restore nine severely degraded areas in Haiti, making the country resilient for future natural disasters.

Click here for more info

 

Key Grantees that have our interest

We are currently involved in four Key Granteeships aimed at initiating complex processes on a gigantic scale. These four partnerships are Commonland, Charles Darwin Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Wetlands International, have a look what they do!

 

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Galapagos Verde 2050

With funds of the COmON Foundation, the Galápagos Verde 2050 Project (GV2050) aims to actively contribute to the conservation of the natural capital of the archipelago and the well-being of its human population. This is achieved through two primary components of research: ecological restoration and sustainable agricultural practices, using water-saving technologies as the primary tools.

Download the PDF here

Please find here the latest publication about this amazing project

Inspiration House & Zero Emission Campus

The initial idea for Inspiration Complex, fully funded by COmON Foundation, was to create a multi-use space for conferences, talks, workshops, presentations and other CDF-events. The first floor contains two apartments to host donors and scientists. The location selected for the conference hall was El Comedor, the old dining hall adjacent to the marine science building, BIOMAR. It was also anticipated that a garden and an open-air laboratory would be created in the adjacent area as well as an internal and external renovation of the BIOMAR building.

Read more

Galápagos Sustainable Framework;

The Galápagos Government Council (GGC) was established in 2009 as the Planning and Regulatory body for the islands. Together with regulatory tools and cooperation with, amongst others, the Charles Darwin Foundation, they have succeeded to preserve the unique ecosystems and manage population growth & tourism activities. The Galápagos Special Law (2015) is currently under review by the Ecuadorian Legislative Assembly and the process to prepare the next Galápagos Master Plan starts in 2020.

This project uses COmON support for designing, developing and implementing a community-based process to update the Galápagos Special Law and the Galápagos Master Plan, both vital tools for the preservation of Galápagos ecosystems, values, and communities.

Movie; Hope for the Future

COmON Foundation financed the documentary drama called Hope For The Future. A cinema movie that highlights the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park in their 60th year of existence.

Watch the movie here
password: COmON@links2019

Click here for more info

Book Darwin & His Bears

COmON Foundation financed the publication of the book: Darwin and his Bears, a fascinating story told by scientist Dr Frank Sulloway.

Order the book here

 

The Nature Conservancy

COmON Foundation is a leading partner in the Reforestation Accelerator helping The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and World Resources Institute (WRI) accelerate progress towards a general 2030 goal to reforest 150 million hectares and harness the power of the forest economy to revitalize our planet. Over the last years, we have applied concrete and far-reaching reforestation solutions in India, Brazil and Europe while exploring targeted opportunities in China, Myanmar and the US.

Click here for more info

 

The Nature Conservancy

Coastal wetlands filter our air and water, mitigate climate change impacts, and serve as a continuous carbon sink, storing carbon in concentrations up to 5 times higher than rainforests. Yet, Texas’ coastal wetlands are at risk of disappearing as our climate continues to change and development pressures increase. With the support of COmON, TNC is using innovative science to address threats to Texas’ coast. These conservation efforts include identifying priority opportunities for protection and restoration along 27,000km of shoreline, assessing the feasibility of blue carbon markets, and securing a high-profile demonstration site for restoration. Together, these projects will ultimately protect vulnerable habitats while simultaneously securing migratory corridors and helping Gulf communities adapt to sea level rise.

Click here for more info

 

The Nature Conservancy

Mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes absorb and store carbon at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. These ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems are powerful natural solutions in the fight against climate change. They also provide countless benefits for biodiversity and local livelihoods. Yet Australia’s blue carbon systems are under severe threat, losing the equivalent of up to 700 football pitches of mangroves each year. In a globally significant partnership between the COmON Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Government of South Australia, this project will restore degraded mangrove forests and wetlands across Southern Australia’s unique gulf coastlines, which provide a refuge for migratory shorebirds and Australia’s indigenous flora and fauna. The Nature Conservancy will establish a portfolio of projects to restore up to 2,000 hectares of mangroves and coastal wetlands, unlocking Australia’s blue carbon credit potential. The partnership will also seek to develop a sustainable funding model for wetland protection and management, including a wetland carbon insurance program and employment opportunities for regional communities and Indigenous Australians. For further information please click on these links.

Click here for more info

 

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund is pioneering an impactful solution that places farmers first in the fight against hunger and poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa. We provide low-income farmers with an innovative market bundle. With COmON’s support in Rwanda and Kenya we are now trialling and scaling resilience interventions to improve farmers’ abilities to cope with weather volatility and other shocks. Focus areas include soil health practices, crop and income diversification (including agroforestry), and improved insurance offerings. While expanding our programming in this area, we are also developing rigorous tailored measurement strategies to better capture One Acre Fund’s holistic impact.

Click here for more info

 

One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund has developed a scalable Agroforestry approach where farmers plant trees alongside their crops. The trees provide farmers with environmental benefits through erosion control, healthier soils, and reduce pressure on trees in nature. The farmer also benefits from the future value of the tree. As farmers really like this model One Acre Fund has been able to build a scalable agroforestry model that can make a substantial contribution to the regreening of Africa. That is why One Acre Fund has now launched its Campaign “Regreening Africa with 250 Million Trees”, in which COmON is taking an anchor role. The campaign aims to plant 250m surviving trees in eight sub-Saharan countries between 2021 and 2025. These trees will create 250,000 hectares of new tree canopy, compensating a substantial part of regional canopy losses between 2016 and 2019. In this way the campaign contributes to COmON’s mission to reverse deforestation at a massive scale. Click here for more info on the agroforestry model of One Acre Fund.

Click here for more info

 

PPF

Over a period of six years COmON has supported activities in and around Maputo Special Reserve, these days also known as the new Pearl of Mozambique, which enabled the operations of this unique park to thrive. In the surrounding buffer-zone much needed alternative livelihoods and the socio-economic benefits have been created as well.

Click here for more info

 

PPF

Strengthening KAZA’s largest protected area for long-term economic investment and sustainability. With COmON’s support, a professionalised park management structure will be designed in order to better manage Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks in South West Angola. A strategic business plan and park conservation management plan will be developed as a first step towards attracting large-scale donors and private sector investments to drive the development of both parks (inclusive of tourism) to a break-even point.

 

PPF
Simalaha Community Conservancy

The COmON Foundation’s ongoing support of the Simalaha Community Conservancy (SCC) in Zambia, has ensured that numerous aspects of development continue to be pursued ensuring positive outcomes for the local communities of the Sisheke and Sekute chiefdoms and their natural surroundings. The COmON support has a direct positive effect on the whole of the Royal Establishment of Barotseland.

Click here for more info

 

Key Grantees that have our interest

We are currently involved in four Key Granteeships aimed at initiating complex processes on a gigantic scale. These four partnerships are Commonland, Charles Darwin Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Wetlands International, have a look what they do!

 

Kelp Forest Foundation

The purpose of the “Kelp Forest Foundation” (KFF) is to address the gap in science and knowledge around kelp forests’ ecosystem services. The KFF aims to raise the awareness of the economic and ecological importance of kelp forests, drive research, build knowledge, and strengthen the science around wild forest restoration and cultivated kelp afforestation. COmON Foundation recognises the importance of kelp forests, known to be one of the most productive natural ecosystems on the planet. They are also a key asset to naturally combat the effects of climate change and have a positive impact on a wide range of environmental challenges. More information can be found here:

Click here for more info

 

WWF Namibia

The Integrated Conservation Planning for the Zambezi intervention aims to support a connected, resilient, economically viable conservation landscape for people and nature in the Zambezi Region. The Zambezi Region of Namibia (14 785 km 2) is at the heart of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), an area of over 520 000 km² through a Treaty by five member states (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). Through this intervention, mechanisms to restore degraded components of the Zambezi State Forest Reserve, a woodland of significant importance to local livelihoods and a wildlife corridor within KAZA will be supported following collaborative approaches between indigenous people and local communities working in tandem with state actors, NGOs, and conservancies. Furthermore, agroecological value chains will be piloted for local economic growth. This integrated conservation approach produces better returns simultaneously addressing pressures from conflicting land uses and competing development demands. 4 Returns Zambezi project overview

 

Commonland South Africa is one of our Key Grantees.

have a look what Commonland is doing!

In 2014, Commonland formed a comprehensive partnership with Grounded and Living Lands to explore restoration opportunities and identify business opportunities around large-scale landscape regeneration in the Baviaanskloof and Langkloof region. The economic, social and ecological returns that the 4 Returns framework has brought to the area offer a restoration case study for others to follow. More information can be found here.

 

Our Planet Our Future

The world needs urgent, bold and collaborative action to address the climate emergency. What the world also needs is moral and spiritual leadership on a planetary scale to accomplish the systemic and transformational change required to overcome this emergency. Inspired by a historical gathering of faith leaders in early October 2021, who called on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to listen to the cry of the Earth and pledge meaningful action, Our Planet Our Future was initiated. The purpose of Our Planet Our Future is to undertake a 10-year integrated campaign to inspire, mobilize and activate at least 1.5 billion people to take measurable climate action. Joining with numerous Partner Organizations, Our Planet Our Future will launch a wide variety of positive campaigns to help protect, conserve, and restore our common home and realize the sustainable, regenerative future we require. COmON Foundation was the first partner in this promising program.

See for more info www.ourplanetourfuture.world.

 

Southern African Wildlife College

With the one-time general support of the COmON Foundation, the Southern African Wildlife College can continue its operations, whilst the College works to grow its Endowment Fund and starts with a new curriculum based on Commonland’s 4 Returns.

Click here for more info on the college.

 

The Nature Conservancy

COmON Foundation is a leading partner in the Reforestation Accelerator helping The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and World Resources Institute (WRI) accelerate progress towards a general 2030 goal to reforest 150 million hectares and harness the power of the forest economy to revitalize our planet. Over the last years, we have applied concrete and far-reaching reforestation solutions in India, Brazil and Europe while exploring targeted opportunities in China, Myanmar and the US.

Click here for more info

 

Commonland Australia is one of our Key Grantees.

have a look what Commonland is doing!

In early 2015, Commonland became a founding shareholder and partner of Wide Open Agriculture (WOA), Western Australia’s leading regenerative food company. Using the 4 Returns framework, WOA focuses on transforming degraded and depopulated farming landscapes by providing inspirational solutions designed to create new jobs and business opportunities; by enhancing biodiversity and building soil health; and by restoring waterways in the region. More information can be found here.

 

Global Mangrove Watch

Remote sensing data can play a major role in changing the fate of the world’s rapidly declining mangrove forests. Satellite images and maps are powerful tools to communicate mangrove threats and values, offering an opportunity to raise the profile of this important ecosystem in policies for climate and development and to provide critical information to help prioritize, plan and monitor conservation action. With support from COmON Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International are working with Aberystwyth University, NASA, JAXA and other partners to test a beta version of the Global Mangrove Watch platform, populating it with standard mangrove distribution and monitoring information, carbon values and other data.

More information on Global Mangrove Watch can be found here

 

Zambia Chintumukulu | WeForest

Nestling between two national parks - the unprotected forest landscape of the Mutinondo river catchment is a unique location where the great Congo and Zambezi river basins meet. A biodiversity hotspot it is home to iconic animals including elephants, zebras and hartebeests, but several wildlife species have been hunted to local extinction. Today, it is under significant threat of deforestation from land clearing for commercial farming, timber and charcoal production.

The first phase of the project will establish the first stepping stone of a Forest Corridor; the 8874 hectares Chintumukulu Conservancy. A sustainable conversation programme will be co-developed with the Mpumba Natural Resources Society alongside wider stakeholder engagement that aims towards the scaling up to the 68000ha Mpumba Forest Corridor.
Zambia Chintumukulu | WeForest

 

Noongar

Since 2019, COmON beneficiary, Commonland, has been partnering with the Noongar Land Enterprise Group (NLE) to support NLE's vision to be "the leading Aboriginal organisation, that develops commercially viable Noongar land-based businesses. NLE have identified ‘looking after country’ (environmental management), cultural connectivity and rejuvenation, and wellbeing and healing as interconnected with how the land assets of NLE are managed. While NLE is on a pathway to economic development, it is the environmental, cultural and social aspirations which provide the motivation and inspiration for NLE's business goals.

In support of this approach, COmON contributed to NLE's purchase of a native tree nursery in late 2020. The seedlings from the nursery will provide both an economic pathway for NLE and its members and provide much needed native plant seedlings to rejuvenate and heal Noongar boodja (country). Find out more about NLE here

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Commonland

Key Grantees that have our interest

We are currently involved in four Key Granteeships aimed at initiating complex processes on a gigantic scale. These four partnerships are Commonland, Charles Darwin Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Wetlands International, have a look what they do!

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Charles Darwin Foundation

Key Grantees that have our interest

We are currently involved in four Key Granteeships aimed at initiating complex processes on a gigantic scale. These four partnerships are Commonland, Charles Darwin Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Wetlands International, have a look what they do!

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Peace Parks Foundation

Key Grantees that have our interest

We are currently involved in four Key Granteeships aimed at initiating complex processes on a gigantic scale. These four partnerships are Commonland, Charles Darwin Foundation, Peace Parks Foundation and Wetlands International, have a look what they do!

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Wetlands International

Wetlands International

Wetlands International is the only global, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. Healthy wetlands are key to restoring nature and healing our climate, yet the world is losing wetlands faster than any other ecosystem. Urgent action is needed to reverse this decline and revive these natural wonders.

Wetlands are vital for people, climate and nature. All of humanity depends on wetlands for the fresh water they store and supply. Billions of people worldwide directly depend on wetlands for their livelihoods, food and fresh water.

Wetlands are home to 40% of the world’s biodiversity. They are also our most effective land-based ecosystem for capturing carbon, and protect communities against the impact of climate change such as floods and drought.

Impacts on wetlands have been severe over the last decades, putting livelihoods and whole economies at risk and causing human health hazards to rise. This has contributed to the breakdown in the relationship between people and nature.

By stepping up actions to safeguard and restore wetlands across whole landscapes, it is possible to regenerate local economies, improve human health, help to slow climate change, make clean water accessible, enhance biodiversity, and protect and cool our cities. For these reasons, ‘wetland nature-based solutions’ help boost resilience in the face of increasing social and environmental fragility.

The COmON Foundation supports Wetlands International to safeguard and recover wetland landscapes and their values for people and nature around the world. Initially support was directed to restore mangrove and coastal ecosystems. This then expanded to enable Wetlands International to work closely with Commonland and the Landscape Finance Lab to accelerate effective landscape recovery overall. By including Wetlands International’s long-term expertise and experience on wetland conservation and restoration in the 4 Returns methodology, water systems approaches and wetland issues will be better addressed in all landscapes through joint portfolio. By combining efforts on policy, advocacy and communications across their networks, these organisations will increase their influence and reach.

In addition, the COmON Foundation supports Wetlands International to achieve greater impact for wetlands worldwide by inspiring, mobilising and upscaling wetland solutions, through strengthening its fundraising and financial resilience, raising its visibility, positioning and influence, bringing its knowledge and track record to the fore, and engaging with strategic partners to accelerate its large scale, long-term programmes for wetland recovery.

For more information, visit wetlands.org

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Galapagos Verde 2050

With funds of the COmON Foundation, the Galápagos Verde 2050 Project (GV2050) aims to actively contribute to the conservation of the natural capital of the archipelago and the well-being of its human population. This is achieved through two primary components of research: ecological restoration and sustainable agricultural practices, using water-saving technologies as the primary tools.

Download the PDF here

Please find here the latest publication about this amazing project

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Inspiration House & Zero Emission Campus

The initial idea for Inspiration Complex, fully funded by COmON Foundation, was to create a multi-use space for conferences, talks, workshops, presentations and other CDF-events. The first floor contains two apartments to host donors and scientists. The location selected for the conference hall was El Comedor, the old dining hall adjacent to the marine science building, BIOMAR. It was also anticipated that a garden and an open-air laboratory would be created in the adjacent area as well as an internal and external renovation of the BIOMAR building.

Read more

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Galápagos Sustainable Framework;

The Galápagos Government Council (GGC) was established in 2009 as the Planning and Regulatory body for the islands. Together with regulatory tools and cooperation with, amongst others, the Charles Darwin Foundation, they have succeeded to preserve the unique ecosystems and manage population growth & tourism activities. The Galápagos Special Law (2015) is currently under review by the Ecuadorian Legislative Assembly and the process to prepare the next Galápagos Master Plan starts in 2020.

This project uses COmON support for designing, developing and implementing a community-based process to update the Galápagos Special Law and the Galápagos Master Plan, both vital tools for the preservation of Galápagos ecosystems, values, and communities.

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Movie; Hope for the Future

COmON Foundation financed the documentary drama called Hope For The Future. A cinema movie that highlights the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galápagos National Park in their 60th year of existence.

Watch the movie here
password: COmON@links2019

Click here for more info

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The Nature Conservancy

COmON Foundation is a leading partner in the Reforestation Accelerator helping The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and World Resources Institute (WRI) accelerate progress towards a general 2030 goal to reforest 150 million hectares and harness the power of the forest economy to revitalize our planet. Over the last years, we have applied concrete and far-reaching reforestation solutions in India, Brazil and Europe while exploring targeted opportunities in China, Myanmar and the US.

Click here for more info

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Red Cross

Red Cross Netherlands, apart from emergency relief and humanitarian aid, is increasingly focusing on identifying ways to decrease the negative impact of natural hazards on vulnerable communities and / or avoiding & preventing such impacts all together. With the financial support of the COmON Foundation, this is done by assisting communities to be prepared for natural hazards to increase their resilience. Red Cross Netherlands puts into practice, via its Princess Margriet Fund, its international partnerships with sister National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and other partnerships covering the humanitarian field. In Haiti the Red Cross together with Commonland are working on a project named Green Pearls to eventually restore nine severely degraded areas in Haiti, making the country resilient for future natural disasters.

Click here for more info

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Global Mangrove Watch

Remote sensing data can play a major role in changing the fate of the world’s rapidly declining mangrove forests. Satellite images and maps are powerful tools to communicate mangrove threats and values, offering an opportunity to raise the profile of this important ecosystem in policies for climate and development and to provide critical information to help prioritize, plan and monitor conservation action. With support from COmON Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Wetlands International are working with Aberystwyth University, NASA, JAXA and other partners to test a beta version of the Global Mangrove Watch platform, populating it with standard mangrove distribution and monitoring information, carbon values and other data.

More information on Global Mangrove Watch can be found here

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PPF Angola

Strengthening KAZA’s largest protected area for long-term economic investment and sustainability. With COmON’s support, a professionalised park management structure will be designed in order to better manage Luengue-Luiana and Mavinga National Parks in South West Angola. A strategic business plan and park conservation management plan will be developed as a first step towards attracting large-scale donors and private sector investments to drive the development of both parks (inclusive of tourism) to a break-even point.

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WWF Namibia

The Integrated Conservation Planning for the Zambezi intervention aims to support a connected, resilient, economically viable conservation landscape for people and nature in the Zambezi Region. The Zambezi Region of Namibia (14 785 km 2) is at the heart of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), an area of over 520 000 km² through a Treaty by five member states (Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). Through this intervention, mechanisms to restore degraded components of the Zambezi State Forest Reserve, a woodland of significant importance to local livelihoods and a wildlife corridor within KAZA will be supported following collaborative approaches between indigenous people and local communities working in tandem with state actors, NGOs, and conservancies. Furthermore, agroecological value chains will be piloted for local economic growth. This integrated conservation approach produces better returns simultaneously addressing pressures from conflicting land uses and competing development demands. 4 Returns Zambezi project overview

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PPF Simalaha Community Conservancy

The COmON Foundation’s ongoing support of the Simalaha Community Conservancy (SCC) in Zambia, has ensured that numerous aspects of development continue to be pursued ensuring positive outcomes for the local communities of the Sisheke and Sekute chiefdoms and their natural surroundings. The COmON support has a direct positive effect on the whole of the Royal Establishment of Barotseland.

Click here for more info

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PPF Mozambique - Project completed

Over a period of six years COmON has supported activities in and around Maputo Special Reserve, these days also known as the new Pearl of Mozambique, which enabled the operations of this unique park to thrive. In the surrounding buffer-zone much needed alternative livelihoods and the socio-economic benefits have been created as well.

Click here for more info

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Southern African Wildlife College - Project completed

With the one-time general support of the COmON Foundation, the Southern African Wildlife College can continue its operations, whilst the College works to grow its Endowment Fund and starts with a new curriculum based on Commonland’s 4 Returns.

Click here for more info on the college.

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Aardpeer - Project completed

Aardpeer – Project completed

COmON Foundation is one of the funders of the Aardpeer Project which has been initiated by Stichting Wij.land (partner of Aardpeer) in cooperation with Stichting BD Grondbeheer, Triodos Regenerative Money Center and Stichting Herenboeren. The goal of this project is to establish an investment fund to acquire agricultural land enabling the transition to a more equitable and sustainable agricultural and food system in The Netherlands. High land prices are a systematic driver to intensification of the agricultural system. The Aardpeer project enables both farmers and food initiatives to get access to land for affordable lease prices. The investor is given a modest financial return and high natural and social returns. This will enable the transition to a food and agricultural system that is driven by nature, socially connected and economically sound.

Click here for more info (in Dutch only)

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One Acre Fund - Project completed

One Acre Fund is pioneering an impactful solution that places farmers first in the fight against hunger and poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa. We provide low-income farmers with an innovative market bundle. With COmON’s support in Rwanda and Kenya we are now trialling and scaling resilience interventions to improve farmers’ abilities to cope with weather volatility and other shocks. Focus areas include soil health practices, crop and income diversification (including agroforestry), and improved insurance offerings. While expanding our programming in this area, we are also developing rigorous tailored measurement strategies to better capture One Acre Fund’s holistic impact.

Click here for more info

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Commonland Spain

Commonland is one of our Key Grantees.

have a look what Commonland is doing!

In the semi-arid steppe Altiplano Estepario in Southern Spain, Commonland mobilizes local farmers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders and embarked on an ambitious large-scale dryland restoration initiative to halt desertification and erosion and bring back prosperity using Commonland’s 4 Returns framework. More information can be found here.

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Commonland South Africa

Commonland is one of our Key Grantees.

have a look what Commonland is doing!

In 2014, Commonland formed a comprehensive partnership with Grounded and Living Lands to explore restoration opportunities and identify business opportunities around large-scale landscape regeneration in the Baviaanskloof and Langkloof region. The economic, social and ecological returns that the 4 Returns framework has brought to the area offer a restoration case study for others to follow. More information can be found here.

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Commonland Australia

Commonland is one of our Key Grantees.

have a look what Commonland is doing!

In early 2015, Commonland became a founding shareholder and partner of Wide Open Agriculture (WOA), Western Australia’s leading regenerative food company. Using the 4 Returns framework, WOA focuses on transforming degraded and depopulated farming landscapes by providing inspirational solutions designed to create new jobs and business opportunities; by enhancing biodiversity and building soil health; and by restoring waterways in the region. More information can be found here.

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Noongar

Since 2019, COmON beneficiary, Commonland, has been partnering with the Noongar Land Enterprise Group (NLE) to support NLE's vision to be "the leading Aboriginal organisation, that develops commercially viable Noongar land-based businesses. NLE have identified ‘looking after country’ (environmental management), cultural connectivity and rejuvenation, and wellbeing and healing as interconnected with how the land assets of NLE are managed. While NLE is on a pathway to economic development, it is the environmental, cultural and social aspirations which provide the motivation and inspiration for NLE's business goals.

In support of this approach, COmON contributed to NLE's purchase of a native tree nursery in late 2020. The seedlings from the nursery will provide both an economic pathway for NLE and its members and provide much needed native plant seedlings to rejuvenate and heal Noongar boodja (country). Find out more about NLE here

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Wetlands International
To Plant or not to Plant: Summary

The To plant or not to Plant initiative will rehabilitate at least 30.000 ha of mangroves supporting biodiversity conservation, human well-being and mitigating climate change. This is achieved by helping NGOs, government agencies, private sector and local communities to apply best practice in mangrove restoration, and by enabling them to upscale their work to a landscape scale.

The project is rooted in the realisation that while many tens of millions of euros have been spent on mangrove restoration in recent years, the majority of these restoration projects has failed. With success rates ranging between 15-20% a lot of conservation funding has gone to waste. This failure is the result of the use of inadequate restoration techniques and a failure to resolve socio-economic and institutional barriers to effective restoration.

The initiative will turn this situation around. We will be working closely with organisations involved in mangrove restoration helping them to move from traditional mass mangrove planting approaches towards so-called ecological mangrove restoration. This approach focuses on the reestablishment of enabling environmental conditions for natural recovery in sites that have been disturbed by human interference. This is achieved by implementing measures that restore hydrology, sediment dynamics and soil conditions. Planting is only applied when really needed, for example in the absence of a nearby seedstock that supports natural mangrove recruitment. Research has shown that this approach yields a much more resilient and functional forest at lower cost, compared to traditional planting approaches.

Beyond introducing technically sound restoration approaches we will also address socio-economic factors that compromise long-term sustainability of mangrove restoration and that constrain implementation at the landscape scale. This involves resolving conflicts around jurisdictions in intertidal areas, addressing land tenure and use rights issues and identifying incentive mechanisms to stimulate upscaling of mangrove restoration.

We will achieve this by adopting a three-pronged approach:
First, in Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, the Philippines and Indonesia we will develop joint mangrove restoration plans with three to four core partner organisations in each country. Together we will demonstrate best practice on the ground and help a larger group of associated partners to upscale these demonstration measures by developing, financing and implementing landscape level restoration plans.

Second, in these countries we will help policy makers to incorporate lessons learned from our landscape level restoration efforts in their mangrove restoration policies and plans. This will create an enabling environment for mangrove restoration at a national scale.

Third, through a global outreach campaign we inspire the broader mangrove community to adopt and upscale the approach, reaching at least 20.000 people. The campaign is informed by our field experiences and insights from the science community. We will document lessons learned and disseminate these in easy to understand formats via social and published media, providing practical guidance for large-scale implementation of mangrove restoration projects across the world. By working closely with members of the Global Mangrove Alliance we will be able to reach a broad constituency and bring complementary knowledge and experience together.

For more information about Ecological Mangrove Restoration:
https://www.wetlands.org/publications/mangrove-restoration-to-plant-or-not-to-plant/

For a practical example of restoration approaches that will be adopted under the project see the case study description of a recent project in Guinea-Bissau on which the to Plant or not to Plant initiative will build:
https://www.wetlands.org/publications/conserving-biodiversity-cacheu-mangroves-national-park-guinea-bissau/

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Wetlands International

Healthy ecosystems are much more than havens for biodiversity. Urgent action at scale is needed to address combined challenges of ecosystem degradation and climate change. Wetlands International and Commonland Foundation have come together to accelerate landscape regeneration by working through the 4 Returns Framework as a common methodology and to create a 4 Returns Finance framework alongside. COmON is the first donor of this unique and promising partnership. Together they envision to accelerate landscape regeneration so that nature and people thrive. This first phase will enable a step change towards achieving scale in landscape restoration, by stimulating learning and synergies among the partners in 6 landscapes and establishing pathways to mobilise others. This collaboration kickstarted in June 2021 with a well-received joint publication at the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The publication can be found here:https://www.wetlands.org/

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The Nature Conservancy

Mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes absorb and store carbon at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. These ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems are powerful natural solutions in the fight against climate change. They also provide countless benefits for biodiversity and local livelihoods. Yet Australia’s blue carbon systems are under severe threat, losing the equivalent of up to 700 football pitches of mangroves each year. In a globally significant partnership between the COmON Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Government of South Australia, this project will restore degraded mangrove forests and wetlands across Southern Australia’s unique gulf coastlines, which provide a refuge for migratory shorebirds and Australia’s indigenous flora and fauna. The Nature Conservancy will establish a portfolio of projects to restore up to 2,000 hectares of mangroves and coastal wetlands, unlocking Australia’s blue carbon credit potential. The partnership will also seek to develop a sustainable funding model for wetland protection and management, including a wetland carbon insurance program and employment opportunities for regional communities and Indigenous Australians. For further information please click on these links.

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The Nature Conservancy

Coastal wetlands filter our air and water, mitigate climate change impacts, and serve as a continuous carbon sink, storing carbon in concentrations up to 5 times higher than rainforests. Yet, Texas’ coastal wetlands are at risk of disappearing as our climate continues to change and development pressures increase. With the support of COmON, TNC is using innovative science to address threats to Texas’ coast. These conservation efforts include identifying priority opportunities for protection and restoration along 27,000km of shoreline, assessing the feasibility of blue carbon markets, and securing a high-profile demonstration site for restoration. Together, these projects will ultimately protect vulnerable habitats while simultaneously securing migratory corridors and helping Gulf communities adapt to sea level rise.

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One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund has developed a scalable Agroforestry approach where farmers plant trees alongside their crops. The trees provide farmers with environmental benefits through erosion control, healthier soils, and reduce pressure on trees in nature. The farmer also benefits from the future value of the tree. As farmers really like this model One Acre Fund has been able to build a scalable agroforestry model that can make a substantial contribution to the regreening of Africa. That is why One Acre Fund has now launched its Campaign “Regreening Africa with 250 Million Trees”, in which COmON is taking an anchor role. The campaign aims to plant 250m surviving trees in eight sub-Saharan countries between 2021 and 2025. These trees will create 250,000 hectares of new tree canopy, compensating a substantial part of regional canopy losses between 2016 and 2019. In this way the campaign contributes to COmON’s mission to reverse deforestation at a massive scale. Click here for more info on the agroforestry model of One Acre Fund.

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Kelp Forest Foundation

The purpose of the “Kelp Forest Foundation” (KFF) is to address the gap in science and knowledge around kelp forests’ ecosystem services. The KFF aims to raise the awareness of the economic and ecological importance of kelp forests, drive research, build knowledge, and strengthen the science around wild forest restoration and cultivated kelp afforestation. COmON Foundation recognises the importance of kelp forests, known to be one of the most productive natural ecosystems on the planet. They are also a key asset to naturally combat the effects of climate change and have a positive impact on a wide range of environmental challenges. More information can be found here:

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Our Planet Our Future

The world needs urgent, bold and collaborative action to address the climate emergency. What the world also needs is moral and spiritual leadership on a planetary scale to accomplish the systemic and transformational change required to overcome this emergency. Inspired by a historical gathering of faith leaders in early October 2021, who called on everyone, whatever their belief or worldview, to listen to the cry of the Earth and pledge meaningful action, Our Planet Our Future was initiated. The purpose of Our Planet Our Future is to undertake a 10-year integrated campaign to inspire, mobilize and activate at least 1.5 billion people to take measurable climate action. Joining with numerous Partner Organizations, Our Planet Our Future will launch a wide variety of positive campaigns to help protect, conserve, and restore our common home and realize the sustainable, regenerative future we require. COmON Foundation was the first partner in this promising program.

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