STEP 1 - LANDSCAPE RESTORATION
DEGRADED LAND IS RESTORABLE - Justdiggit jumpstarts large scale landscape restoration projects by retaining rainwater for vegetation and preventing erosion, flooding and land degradation. This creates local benefits for communities and the environment.
STEP 2 - PREVENT SOIL EROSION
DIG AND OPEN UP THE SOIL - In dry areas where the soil is degraded, rainwater can no longer infiltrate into the ground. When it rains, water washes away unused. This causes erosion and washing away of the remaining fertile soil and seeds. This causes further land degradation and loss of vegetation cover. This negative vicious circle needs to be broken to restore and re-green the land by interventions.
STEP 3 - MAKE BEST USE OF THE WATER
HARVESTING THE RAINS - Almost everywhere on our planet it rains, even in dry areas. By using ancient water harvesting techniques combined with recent innovations, we enable rainwater to infiltrate the ground again. This makes it available for vegetation and seeds in the soil. It also stops further erosion and loss of fertile soil.
STEP 4 - RETURNING THE NATURAL VEGETATION
MORE VEGETATION MEANS MORE RAINS - By allowing rainwater to infiltrate into the soil, seeds will sprout and vegetation returns. To increase biodiversity and improve the livelihood of communities we complement this with planting trees, improved agriculture and agroforestry.
STEP 5 - RESTORING THE WATER CYCLE
AN UPWARD SPIRAL - The restored vegetation brings more moisture into the air, which helps to create clouds and restores the water cycle.
STEP 6 - CREATING MORE GREEN WITH A LITTLE GREEN
GREEN AREAS GROWING TOWARDS EACH OTHER - Due to the renewed root system underneath, the soil becomes poreus and the water can easier infiltrate. This rises the aquifer and the vegetation will spread.
STEP 7 - GREENER LAND MAKES A COOLER PLANET
START DIGGING! - Trees and plants are the air-conditioning of our planet, that’s why it’s important to restore degraded lands. It has been calculated by the UN that 2 billion hectares of degraded land is restorable. This is almost twice the size of Europe!
Our ultimate goal is to restore these areas, but we can’t do this alone. Let us all pick up the shovel and re-green the land to cool down the planet!