About this platform
This platform is an online space for a growing community of people involved in large scale landscape based on the holistic 4 returns approach. The 4 returns approach has been developed by Commonland and emphasises that healthy landscapes deliver multiple returns on investment: return of inspiration and returns of natural, social and financial capital.
This Platform offers
- Landscape Community: use your login to become a member and connect with a global community to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences
- Landscape Stories: share and find interesting examples from all around the globe
- Landscape Library: share and find all kinds of curated publications and tools
This 4returns platform for learning and exchange has been initiated by the European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE).
Developing landscape-scale resilience to address the combined crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and soil and water degradation is a major societal challenge. To scale up landscape restoration we need to involve the private sector and engage the business community in catalyzing sustainable land use and management. To do so, we need to find ways to restore and sustainably manage landscapes while simultaneously returning economic and societal benefits. This requires transdisciplinary cooperation among different specialists and stakeholders. Currently there are wide gaps between economy and ecology, business and environment, which hinder large-scale landscape restoration built on sustainable business models. Bridging these gaps requires students and professionals with diverse backgrounds to be equipped with new knowledge and skills. To develop such tailor-made education, the ENABLE consortium has developed a portfolio of case-teaching materials and two massive open online courses (MOOCs)on how restoration of degraded landscapes can provide a return of inspiration and of financial-, natural- and social capital.
We have kick-started this platform to help build and energize a 4 returns community that together can accelerate landscape restoration based on sustainable business models.