Land degradation needs to be addressed in two fundamental ways:
- By reducing the generation of new degraded lands by improving the environmental and social performance of existing activities and operations, and
- By restoring the degraded landscapes and ecosystems that already exist in order to rebuild ecological integrity and enhance the lives and livelihoods of the people connected with them.
Future Terrains developed from Peter Whitbread-Abrutat’s 20+ years of experience – primarily with the natural resources sector – in industry, academia and civil society, in a range of sectors, environments and international contexts. This has enabled a thorough understanding of what works practically on the ground as well as the wider policy and theoretical implications. We have both accumulated practical knowledge and developed new knowledge from applied research, from a broad range of projects in diverse and difficult environments around the world. Our experience is augmented by a network of like-minded individuals and organisations with specific skills and knowledge with whom we collaborate according to client requirements.
We offer not only technical advice; we also engage, train, teach and research. We learn from our own and others’ practical experiences and develop solutions from first principles, where necessary, and then apply this knowledge and experience pragmatically in our work. We share this knowledge too through our capacity-building and awareness-raising activities. We don’t offer services by rote, but employ lateral and creative thinking and a library of experience to derive bespoke solutions. We won’t take on work that we are not equipped to deal with. We focus on developing the opportunities that derive from addressing the interfaces between environment, society and economic activity.
Future Terrains work is:
- Pragmatic and technically rigorous – Based on our first-hand experience of what works on the ground and combined with our theoretical understanding, we offer a no-nonsense approach to delivering client requirements from the boardroom to operations. We employ the latest thinking to deliver better practices and outcomes, with attention to detail and the bigger picture.
- Positive and creative – We assist others to see opportunity in and gain benefit from restoring degraded environments. We are not afraid to consider unexpected ways of delivering change and learn from other sectors to derive the most effective solutions.
- Collaborative and inclusive – No one person or organisation has all the answers. We effect change by encouraging inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration and participation and share our findings and knowledge widely. We work transparently and promote meaningful stakeholder and community participation.
- Bespoke and adaptable – Every project is different – there is no one-size-fits-all answer to addressing the challenges posed by degraded landscapes. We never stop learning and aim to be at the forefront of knowledge so that we can best address each, unique situation. We are not afraid to be challenged and bring experience and open minds to dealing with each situation.
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