ANTS services the needs of sustainable & regenerative business ventures. The revitalization of natural capital and the functional viability of ecosystems globally is of paramount importance now more than ever. Identifying reliable solutions that work is critical. Examples such as the implementation of restoration agriculture in the establishment of sustainable supply chain management systems highlight the types of challenges requiring solutions that work.
ANTS shows the way.
Rhamis Kent is a consultant with formal training in mechanical engineering (University of Delaware, B.S.M.E. ’95) and permaculture-based regenerative whole systems design serving as a registered certified Permaculture Design instructor with PRI Australia. He is a former co-director of the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), a member of Permaculture Sustainable Consulting Pty Ltd (PSC), and on the Supervisory Board of The Netherlands-registered non-profit Ecosystem Restoration Camps.
Rhamis currently serves as a Trustee and an Implementation Team member at Plant for Peace Foundation (UK) and was a key contributor to the India-based Shivansh Farming initiative of the Hans Foundation.
"Combating land degradation and restoring degraded land is an urgent priority to protect the biodiversity and ecosystem services vital to all life on Earth and to ensure human well-being."
"Unless urgent and concerted action is taken, land degradation will worsen in the face of population growth, unprecedented consumption, an increasingly globalized economy and climate change."
Achim Steiner - Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Land cover changes since year 2000 are responsible for half to 75% of the lost ecosystem services value.
Some 52% of world agricultural land is moderately or severlely degraded.
The value of ecosystem services worldwide forfeited due to land degradation at a staggering US $6.3 trillion to $10.6 trillion annually, or the equivalent of 10-17% of global GDP.
An estimated 50 million people may be forced to seek new homes and livelihoods within 10 years. According to UNHCR, there were 79.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2019.
The world’s arable lands are being lost at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. 12 million hectares - or approximately 30 million acres - are lost annually.
This is equivalent to 33,000 hectares per day.
An urgent step change in effort is needed to prevent irreversible land degradation and accelerate the implementation of restoration measures.
Effectively addressing land degradation could help avert that humanitarian crisis and add US $75.6 trillion to annual world income.
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.