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.