Grünes Tal in Äthiopien.

As the world population still continues to grow, the ecological base for life on earth progressively declines due to land degradation, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Earlier generations did not worry too much about the immense losses that become more and more visible. However, now, these facts progressively reach wider public attention: all of us are affected by these mechanisms of global proportions.

We are convinced that beyond conserving those ecological functions that remain, we need to actively restore those that have been lost. We can do so by rebuilding soil fertility, by reforesting degraded land and by designing sustainable agroforestry systems. A holistic landscape approach that aims to increase biomass and soil carbon content is at the same time the most effective long-term measure to counter-balance human induced climate change, by actively reducing the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere.

If such approaches are to be socially fair, they must also create perspectives for the livelihood of the local population. Our vision is to create new ecological systems that provide sustainable income conditions for people while at the same time increasing biodiversity and ecological functions.

We address all those who share our concern about the progressive destruction of our ecological systems, to unite ideas and resources to jointly promote, plan and implement projects that will reverse such developments.

Specifically, we would like to restore degraded land through rehabilitation, agroforestry or afforestation. Our focus is on rural areas in developing and emerging countries. Our projects are not implemented in the traditional sense of provider and recipient, but are designed and realized in a collaborative way, based upon partnerships at eye level.