Land, Lives, Peace

Logo for the Land, Lives, Peace programmeInitiatives for Land, Lives and Peace and the Yeheb project are sister projects within the international movement of Initiatives of Change. They share the aim of improving the welfare of people and communities through sharing the benefits of land restoration.

Together our mission is: restoring land, restoring lives

Land restoration can be a path to building sustainable peace, locally and globally. At the same time, peace is a prerequisite for restoring land. Changes in human behaviour and relationships are key to achieving both.

We work by:

  • promoting and demonstrating changes in human relationships and attitudes as a key condition for peace and land restoration
  • bringing communities together in an atmosphere of mutual trust to facilitate partnerships for land restoration and to spread the experience and methodology of trust-building
  • developing and implementing policies and practices for land restoration based on trust-building, reconciliation and breaking down human barriers to progress

Here is the introductory video to Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace:


Land Restoration: Reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable FutureMartin Frick from Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace is one of three editors of Land Restoration: Reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future published in November 2015 by Elsevier and available to order here. 

This compilation of current research provides a holistic overview of land degradation and restoration from the scientific and practical development points of view.

The book is the result of a collaboration by a remarkable group of authors, all working on aspects of land restoration from the perspective diverse disciplines. It was made possible through an extensive network of relationships mainly built at the annual Caux Dialogue for Land and Security in Switzerland.