• Ecological Restoration Plans in Latin America

    Pictured above: Nursery garden of native trees from a NGO that offer seedlings for restoration in small farms in Sao Paulo, Brazil. By Moisés Méndez-Toribio, Eliane Ceccon, and Cristina Martínez-Garza Agricultural and livestock expansion, mining and selective logging are extensive activities responsible for deforestation and environmental degradation in Latin America. To

  • Taming the FLR beast: the mission of the Forest and Landscape Restoration Standard (FLoRES) Task Force

    By Robin L. Chazdon Director, PARTNERS network Science Advisory Board, WeForest Doing small tasks well is relatively easy, but doing big, complex, and long-lived things well is a far more daunting mission that requires vision, leadership, adaptive management, consultation, and collaboration among many actors. To bring forest and landscape restoration to

  • Toward prediction in the restoration of biodiversity

    Issue 54:4 of the Journal of Applied Ecology features a Special Feature, Toward prediction in the restoration of biodiversity. In this blog, the Guest Editor, Lars Brudvig introduces the work and the ecological ideas behind this collection of articles. By repairing ecosystems damaged through human activities, ecological restoration plays an important role in biodiversity conservation efforts. Furthermore,

  • Taking Restoration for a Test Drive: Results from a 10-year Experimental Study in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico

    By Anika Hazra, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago Experimental restoration helps us to understand the effects of using different strategies to restore habitat as well as to determine which strategies provide the most desirable outcomes. It is particularly important that we be informed of what works

  • Lessons from beneath the canopy: invest in human and social capital to catalyze restoration

    By Louis Wertz, EcoAgriculture Partners Over the sound of millions of raindrops pummeling broad leaves, a hardy group of foresters listened intently to United States Forest Service researchers. 30-meter-tall mahogany trees in El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico suspended a green canopy far above. Soaked but smiling, the group learned that

  • Yale ISTF Presentation

    Understanding the socio-ecological processes that shape tropical reforestation

    Tropical Forests in a Connected World: Collaborative Solutions for a Sustainable Future A presentation to Yale ISTF 2017 By Robin Chazdon, University of Connecticut > Click here to view/download a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation

  • Can We Restore 350 Million Hectares by 2030?

    by  Chris Reij and Robert Winterbottom With growing awareness of the economic costs of land degradation, political leaders are adopting ambitious targets to restore degraded forests and agricultural land.  Building on the interest in forest landscape restoration generated by the Bonn Challenge, in 2014, countries adopted the New York Declaration

  • Cool insights for a hot world: trees and forests recycle water

    This article was originally published by Daisy Ouya, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Anyone who has walked outside on a sunny day knows that forests and trees matter for temperature, humidity and wind speed. Planting trees speaks to concerns about climate change — but the directly important aspects of the tree-climate relationships

  • How (and why) to write a blog post about your new paper

    By Trevor Caughlin Congratulations! You have just published a new academic paper. After many months of writing, analysis, and revision your paper is finally up on the journal’s website. In a publishing landscape that is increasingly crowded with new articles, how can you ensure that your paper will have an

  • Natural regeneration for sustainable development

    By Alvaro Silva Iribarrem, researcher in the IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program.   Restoration of degraded ecosystems is an exciting and relatively new way of looking into the conservation of natural capital—the world’s natural assets, including soil, air, water, and all living things. For one, the success of restoration is