Our alternatives

Because of their close relationship with their living environment, local communities often have the best ideas for sustainable use and management of land, water and forests. Over the course of many years, Both ENDS has encountered many good examples of how to do this and wishes to make these alternatives available to others.

Alternatives are local initiatives that make use of natural resources, respect people and planet, have proved their value in practice, and are supported by local inhabitants and our partner organisations. In this way, they present an alternative to prevailing non-sustainable practices and contribute to the fair and sustainable world that Both ENDS and our partners wish to achieve.

Both ENDS has been working with our partners for many years on supporting and building on alternatives. We do that not only by seeking funding for these initiatives, but also by influencing policy, capacity-building and gathering evidence that they work. In this way, we want to remove the obstacles to scaling up and replicating alternatives, create scope for them to be put into practice and bring about system change.

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    Inclusive Land Governance

    Both ENDS works with partners around the world to ensure that land is governed fairly and inclusively and managed sustainably with priority for the rights and interests of local communities.
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    In various countries in the Sahel, vast tracts of land have been restored by the local population by nurturing what spontaneously springs from the soil and protecting the sprouts from cattle and hazards.
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    Rich Forests

    Rich Forests promotes a sustainable and future-proof production system and supports, among other things, the transformation of degraded land into food forests. With this, people provide for their livelihood, increase their income and at the same time restore soil and biodiversity.
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    A Negotiated Approach for Inclusive Water Governance

    A Negotiated Approach envisages the meaningful and long-term participation of communities in all aspects of managing the water and other natural resources on which their lives depend. It seeks to achieve healthy ecosystems and equitable sharing of benefits among all stakeholders within a river basin.