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Each year one percent of the world’s arable land is lost due to desertification and drought in the ‘drylands’, the third of the Earth’s land surface that produces 44% of the world’s food. Millions there are being forced to move to more productive land, and this is a major cause of conflict.
Yet, growing evidence shows this land degradation can not only be halted. It can be reversed.
The REDL initiative exists to inspire, equip and connect people – and their organizations – to achieve sustainable land management on a planetary scale, as a path to peace.
Initial activities include co-organizing conference events in Switzerland, with the UNCCD; a pilot project to build trust for sustainable land management in Baringo County, Kenya; outreach at UN events; support for IofC’s teams and initiatives in the drylands; and short films on the human factor in land management.
Inspire people – to give land restoration and protection the attention it deserves
Equip people – with values of global responsibility and tools for intercultural trustbuilding, good governance and living sustainably, pre-conditions for sustainable land management
Connect people – linking restoration projects and practitioners with governments, industry and citizens
Who we are: Initiatives of Change (IofC) is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own.
Purpose: We work to inspire, equip and connect people to address world needs, starting with themselves, in the areas of trustbuilding, ethical leadership and sustainable living.
Omnia Marzouk, President, IofC International
'Nothing lasting can be built without a desire by people to live differently and exemplify the changes they want to see in society.'