from-the-field:-restoring-dutch-‘inexperienced-deserts’

FROM THE FIELD: Restoring Dutch ‘inexperienced deserts’

The Western Peat Meadows of the Netherlands appear like traditional Dutch countryside (cows, windmills and inexperienced fields), however the views masks a big lack of biodiversity, brought on by intensive farming strategies. Because the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration begins, an area organisation is planning to revive 100 million of hectares of land, the world over.

Farmer Monique van der Laan from farm De Beekhoeve in Kamerik, the Netherlands makes use of her shovel within the peat meadows, whereas surrounded by guests , by Erica ten Broeke/ UNRIC

The not-for-profit organisation, Commonland, an official accomplice of the UN Decade, which started in June, plans to rework tracts of land, equal to the dimensions of Spain, into thriving ecosystems by 2040. The tasks vary from the Western Peat Meadows, to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.

The previous is affected by local weather change, and is seeing rising sea waters and the gradual sinking of the soil; many farmers are struggling to make ends meet. As a part of the Commonland challenge, they’re altering their practices, enhancing the soil and sowing herb-rich grassland. It’s hoped that, by 2050, farmers will earn a part of their earnings from storing carbon and contemporary water, in addition to by tourism.

Discover out extra about Commonland’s work, and the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, right here.

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