Meet our Partners

Commonland

WOA’s cornerstone partnership and funding has come from international landscape restoration organisation, Commonland.

Headquartered in Amsterdam with projects and investments across the globe, Commonland aims to rehabilitate degraded landscapes and rejuvenate communities through a replicable approach with 4 Returns – Social, Environmental, Inspiration and Financial.

Commonland contributes to the Bonn Challenge; a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of the world’s degraded and deforested lands by 2020.

The Company believes that landscape restoration offers tremendous untapped opportunities for sustainable economic development. To demonstrate this, they develop landscape restoration projects that are based on business cases. 

Multidisciplinary teams actively involve investors, companies and entrepreneurs in long-term restoration partnerships with farmers and land-users. Long-term commitment is important as it takes approximately 20 years – or one generation – to restore a landscape.

Commonland is currently invested and supporting projects in Australia, Spain, South Africa and The Netherlands.

Bugs and Biology Grower Group

Bugs & Biology Grower Group members are focused on investigating and implementing sustainable production strategies for WA's broadacre farms.  The motivation of the group is the belief that existing farming systems are under stress and alternative production strategies need to be investigated.

The group’s aim is to develop systems-based farming operations that increase profit through better use of natural resources - water cycling, mineral cycling and energy flow.  The group provides a forum for like-minded farmers to share knowledge on relevant issues and to develop and run educational events including workshops, field days and courses. Areas of focus are perennial pastures, cropping in a more biological way and cell grazing.

Grounded

Based in South Africa and also partnered with Commonland, Grounded is focused on working with farmers to adopt the Four Returns philosophy in the design and development of Landscape Business Plans.

In South Africa Grounded has implemented a range of projects including switching local farmers from goat-raising to producing plants that make essential oils. This has resulted in restoration of 10,000 hectares of degraded land.

In Zambia they are working with over 500 farmers to support the restoration of a natural Elephant migration route between Botswana and Zambia. And in Madagascar, their project seeks to increase agricultural balance and profitability for local farmers in an attempt to reduce poverty and the loss of natural plant and animal species.

Al VelAl

AlVelAl is a Spanish collective which, together with Commonland, has developed a large-scale 4 Returns landscape restoration plan for the Altiplano region in southern Spain.

A unique transformation is taking place with hundreds of farmers and entrepreneurs organising themselves to realise the restoration of 630,000 hectares of degraded lands.

A key aspect of the restoration plan is the almendrehesa concept: an integrated production system which combines almond and local trees with aromatic oil crops, beekeeping, and sustainable grazing of the endemic lamb species. This productive ecosystem decreases erosion, restores water balance, enhances biodiversity, and beautifies the landscape.

Over 30 business cases with the potential to contribute to landscape restoration have been identified and the group is establishing several demo farms and a research centre to support capacity building and demonstrate the economic potential of the almendrehesa concept.

Social Outcomes

Social Outcomes use social and financial innovation to create and fund quality outcomes. Established in 2014, they came about in response to rapid changes in the impact investing market in Australia, as well as a global move to focusing on outcomes and social innovation.

Government, the social sector, and business are beginning to think differently about how to create and fund social and environmental impact, but knowing which innovations to use, and when, can be confusing.

Social Outcomes is a team of experienced practitioners who assist with identifying, designing, implementing, and measuring new social innovations.

The group focuses on the impact that organisations are trying to create and the complex social problems they are trying to solve. From there, they apply the innovations that will best fit (and fund) that context and capability. Social Outcomes helps answer key strategic questions and partners with organisations to test and design solutions that will work.

Social Outcomes helps answer key strategic questions and partners with organisations to test and design solutions that will work.

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