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Restoring landscapes that have been dilapidated by poverty is a huge challenge. What are the tricks, what needs to be thoroughly understood before embarking on landscape restoration? Can ways be found to counter and reverse such protracted state of degradation? There are lessons learned in development work, humanitarian work and conflict resolution that can and should be tapped for application in landscape restoration. Even more so in the prospect of continuous population growth and mass unemployment. Let’s deepen this out.

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  1. Its such an intriguing question Mark, i’ve also been grappling with that a bit coming from a development cooperation background and now working in holistic landscape restoration. I think it is about jointly identifying the right accupuncture points and co-creating a vision and plan in accordance with what is most immediate in that area for that particular community.

    If there is deep poverty, then creating a detailed plan for rehabilitation of a watershed might not be the first thing that comes to mind for community members (or it might?). But if you meaningfully engage with key players in and around the community and facilitate a different conversation on the roots of the problems, you might see cracks of light coming in. Thus creating space for mid to longer-term plotting of ideas (starting with the most immediate needs and then jointly building that out over time to intersect with building soil health, sustainable food production and, ultimately, ecosystem restoration).

    Involving local organisations and institutes that have experience in alleviating root causes of poverty is also key.

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