Many of our 2020 camp experiences have been postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. We look forward to continue the gatherings when it is safe to do so. Please check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates. We commend the efforts by so many of us to limit the spread of the virus and send deep thanks to the healthcare workers across the globe taking care of those most affected. We see our work of bringing balance back to ecosystems as more important than ever. Our team is busy building our organizational capacity during this time so that we can share the message of regenerative land management even further. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.

ALMOST THREE QUARTERS
OF OUR PLANET'S
LAND IS DEGRADED.

Degradation is exacerbated by
unsustainable agricultural techniques.

But it is possible to restore degraded land. We can rewild it,
so that life returns!

How it works?

Indigenous peoples have always known how to manage the land in a regenerative way. It is only in the past 50 years that industrial land use has ravaged our ecosystems to a dangerous degree. The re-emergence of regenerative practices in natural and agricultural ecosystems is called ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, and regenerative agriculture.

This way we can restore and renew the basic natural function of degraded land, so that life can return. 

Drag the slider on the image below to see the before and after of Loess Plateau Restoration (September 1995 and September 2009.

Before After

We have the knowledge, tools and experience to reverse ecological destruction on a global scale.

By using hands on approach and direct action we transform degraded landscapes into biologically diverse life-giving ecosystems and create a healthy future for our planet.

What are Ecosystem
Restoration Camps?

Organisations, farmers and communities that restore and rehabilitate land can integrate the Ecosystem Restoration Camp concept into their work.

CAMPS are physical places where:

  • Locals (farmers, landowners, and anyone else living in an area) join to discuss what they want to do to restore the land where they live or implement regenerative farming techniques.
  • Connections are made with experts and knowledge from around the world, be it at other camps dealing with similar issues or in our Advisory Council. With those experts, plans are made that will work. 
  • People can meet to go and work on the plan to restore their land and restore their natural ecosystems.
  • People from around the world are hosted, who want to help in the work, bring their own knowledge and at the same time learn.
  • Knowledge is generated about ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture that can be shared with all that want to learn.
  • Campers come together to grow and plant native and food producing plants, create water catching and holding earth structures, re-build soil health, collect seeds and generally learn about the land around them. an

What do camps do?

Make soils permeable: water goes through the soil, and no longer runs over it, which causes erosion.

Slow water running downhill by building swales and other water catching techniques. The added benefit: catch the topsoil that is otherwise washed away.

Return organic matter to soil, stimulating the re-emergence of it’s micro-life, which then draws down carbon from the atmosphere.

Plant endemic natural and food producing plant species. A strong ecosystem has zones where people, economies and nature thrive together.

What do our camps bring to their

local area and the planet?

1. Camps  help sequester carbon in plants and in soils, contributing to mitigating global climate change.

2. Camps physically cool places, an effect of vegetation on the ground, bringing down temperatures and creating healthier micro-climates.

3. Camps help create places where biodiversity – plant and animal species – are no longer threatened with extinction but can thrive and maintain a robust natural system and a strong local web of life.

4. Camps help restore hydrological cycles: fill streams and rivers with water, and when the zone is large enough even allow it to rain again.

5. Camps restore and build sustainable livelihoods. Through regenerative agricultural techniques and inside healthy ecosystems, people and their economies can thrive.

6. Camps provide a stable food supply: regenerative agriculture in healthy ecosystems will significantly increase the food production of land. 

7. Camps revitalise communities and societies through working together and building a sustainable future.

 8. And by collaborating with people around the world, camps are building a strong global community and a home for all to live well and thrive.

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