• How to grow instant fig trees to restore rain forests in Costa Rica

    By Leighton Reid and Rakan Zahawi This blog is reposted with permission from the the Missouri Botanical Garden Natural History of Ecological Restoration blog CCSD scientist Leighton Reid and Lyon Arboretum director Rakan Zahawi write about giant fig tree cuttings: how to make them and why some grow better than others. Choosing the right species to include in a restoration project is a hard […]

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  • Latsis Symposium 2018 – Scaling-up Forest Restoration

    By Jaboury Ghazoul, with contributions from Pedro Brancalion, Robin Chazdon, Thomas Crowther, Manuel Guariguata, Victoria Gutierrez, Stephanie Mansourian, Stewart Maginnis, Marc Metzger, Adrian Newton, Mike Perring, Sabine Reinecke, Mathew Williams, and Annelies Zoomers This blog post is reposted with permission from the Latsis Symposium blog. For more information on the 2018 Latis Symposium (6-7 & 9 of June 2018 at ETH Zürich) see the bottom of this post and the Symposium […]

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  • Finding evidence for land-restoration strategies

    Pictured above: an agricultural landscape in Eastern Uganda by Madelon Lohbeck. By Madelon Lohbeck This blog is reposted with permission from the applied ecologists blog (https://jappliedecologyblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/agroecology-lohbeck/) Restoration has never been more important, with almost a third of the world’s land surface degraded. But what exactly is restoration? And how do we know if it works? More […]

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  • 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 reverse past and current trends […]

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  • 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 the scale that is needed […]

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  • 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, restoration promotes functional ecosystems and […]

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  • 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 best for tropical forest habitat […]

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  • 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 these mahoganies were planted as […]

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  • 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

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  • 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 on Forests to restore 350 […]

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