Innovative Technology Turns Degraded Land Into Fertile Forest
Although degraded land is generally written-off, Dutch firm Land Life Company has found a cheap and effective way of reforestation Its goal is to kickstart restorative ecosystems for future ecological and societal returns.
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Trees of life
Forests play a crucial role in our survival on this planet. Trees absorb CO2, the main driver of climate change, and provide oxygen in return. A single tree produces enough oxygen for 4 people. However, in recent decades drought, over-farming and desertification have resulted in the disappearance of many forests. It is a problem that affects both rural and urban environments. Unaided, nature cannot flourish again in these locations, which has left over 2 billion hectares of land unusable.
Land Life Company has found a way to kick-start nature on severely degraded land. By combining innovative technology with human insights, the company has created a cheap and highly effective method for planting trees that uses less water.
Re-greening the world
Land Life Company has set up several small- and large-scale projects in more than 25 countries around the globe. Every project relies on advanced data research and the support of the local community. Through technologies, such as GPS-guided drills and automated planting systems, reforestation can be achieved with great speed and efficiency.
A so-called Cocoon functions as a kind of incubator that supports the seedlings through their critical first year. By supplying them with water and stimulating a deep root structure, the Cocoon allows the trees to survive even in harsh conditions. It also removes the need for irrigation, saving over 20,000 litres of water. Once the trees have been planted, Land Life uses artificial intelligence to track the impact of the reforestation. It generates vital data that can help future projects to be executed faster and more efficiently.
Connecting people and nature
Land Life’s projects rely on the involvement of local communities, which creates employment and encourages knowledge transfer. Trees also provide these communities with economic and social benefits over the long term. This Dutch initiative has transformed into a truly global cooperative project and demonstrates to the world that degraded land is not necessarily lost land. It also shows that we are capable of fighting climate change by planting trees and reconnecting people with nature.
Farming the Future
Farming the Future is a campaign, a focus devised jointly by public and private sector stakeholders, to promote Dutch knowledge, solutions and innovations worldwide. By extending our collaboration across borders and cultures, we will be able to share with the world how, together, we could farm the future.