What is the 4 Returns framework?

To create transformative change, we need a common language and a practical framework. 4 Returns is a science-based framework that is proven in practice. It transforms degraded ecosystems by focusing on 4 key returns over the course of a single generation, or 20 years. Here are some resources to introduce you to the 4 Returns framework.

Where can I start learning?

Find these and other courses in our courses page to learn about a landscape approach, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity, stakeholder engagement, landscape finance, and more. To learn about the 4 Returns framework, we recommend the courses 'A business approach to sustainable landscape restoration' and 'Business model innovation for sustainable landscape restoration'.

A Business Approach to Sustainable Landscape Restoration

courses

24 hours over 8 weeks

doing business, restoring nature

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Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration

courses

26 hours over 8 weeks

doing business, restoring nature

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Regenerative Agriculture 1-week crash course

courses

Spain (Región de Murcia)

3rd of October - 9th of October 2021

doing business, inspiring community, learning and impact, regenerating farms, restoring nature

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Principles of Sustainable Finance

courses

4 weeks, in total 17 hours to complete

doing business, finding funds, governance and stewardship, restoring nature

No reviews

Communicating the Value of Biodiversity

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5 lessons, 30-45 minutes/lesson

inspiring community

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Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food

courses

17 short videos of 10-15 min.

doing business, regenerating farms

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What are examples of the 4 Returns framework put into practice?

This is how some teams are putting words into action in landscapes around the world. Learn how they are applying the 4 Returns framework in different contexts.

A new Dutch polder landscape

landscapes

Netherlands (Utrecht)

Active since: 2016

mobilising people

Caring for Country in Western Australia

landscapes

Australia (Western Australia)

Active since: 2015

finding funds, inspiring community, learning and impact, mobilising people, partnering, regenerating farms, restoring nature

Landscape restoration in India

landscapes

India (Chhattisgarh)

Active since: 2019

doing business, inspiring community, mobilising people, regenerating farms, restoring nature

Where can I find quick answers to my questions?

What is the value of soil? What is regenerative agriculture? How can we feed the world population with local food systems? Find quick answers to these questions and more in these short educational videos from the toolbox.

What is regenerative agriculture?

toolbox

educational tool

regenerating farms

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Integrated Landscape Management and the SDGs

toolbox

educational tool

partnering, regenerating farms, restoring nature

No reviews

The value of soil

toolbox

educational tool

learning and impact, restoring nature

No reviews

Feeding nine billion

toolbox

educational tool

regenerating farms

No reviews

Soil is a living organism

Soil is a living organism

toolbox

educational tool

regenerating farms, restoring nature

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Climate 101: deforestation

toolbox

educational tool

learning and impact, restoring nature

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Land degradation neutral world

toolbox

educational tool

learning and impact, restoring nature

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