Cases

Cases

Business students, and even seasoned professionals, can learn from the experiences of other organisations and decision-makers. Therefore, the ENABLE consortium developed five real-life cases of exceptional business and management experiences in a landscape restoration context; these were turned into powerful learning tools.

1. The Alvelal project in Spain. The ‘Altiplano Estepario’ area in Southern Spain is an example of a successful restoration initiative. This case describes collaboratively developing integrated sustainable business models for rainfed almonds.
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2. The Arento Group in Spain - Towards a Sustainable Future. The Arento Group case examines how an agricultural business tries to make the transition towards higher levels of sustainability
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3. From Bare to Birch - Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration in Iceland. The case examines how to transition from barren desertified land to a resilient and healthy woodland that can provide ecosystem services to the people in the area and beyond.
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4. Reborn from Ashes - The Alvares Project. The North and Centre of Portugal encompass many productive forest areas that are particularly prone to fires. In the middle of this burnt region, the parish of Alvares stands as a representative case of the entire territory: consecutive decades of rural exodus dramatically changed the economic structure in which its population used to subsist.
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5. Sustainable Finance for Landscape Restoration in Spain. This case builds on the same initiative as case 1, but focuses on mobilising finance for the farmers who take part in the cooperative (Alvelal) and for the trading company (Almendrehesa). The main challenge is to find a way to scale the initiative through involving private and institutional investors.
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This case was turned into an online, ‘rich’ case.

We have used these teaching cases with business students and practitioners, as well as environmental students and practitioners.
Participants indicated that they gained more awareness and a deeper understanding of the complexity of the issues, and the need to combine multiple perspectives.