PARTNERS: Bridging the natural and social sciences to understand drivers and outcomes of reforestation in the tropics

In 2014 a group of the world’s top researchers began a 6-year journey to generate ideas, knowledge and collaborations to understand the socioecological drivers of tropical reforestation.  Nearly 200 people participated in 12 workshops generating 60+ publications linking across disciplines and continents; from seeds and soils to global forums. Here is what they found.
Livelihoods and Well-being

Tropical reforestation should complement and enhance local livelihoods, needs, and cultures

Local Decision-making

Local decision-making is essential for effective and long-lasting tropical reforestation

Planting Trees

Attention to local context and propagule sources when choosing tree species is essential to produce effective ecological and social outcomes

Natural Regeneration

Natural regeneration is a cost-effective approach to recover biodiversity, ecosystem services, and biocultural values in many contexts

Tree Cover Change

New forms of tree cover are arising in diverse socio-ecological contexts, which matters for people, biodiversity, and ecosystem services

Climate Change

Beyond carbon: Interactions between tropical reforestation and climate change encompass multiple socio-ecological dimensions

Holistic Vision

Effective and long-lasting tropical reforestation requires holistic vision and innovations that incorporate social and ecological systems

Guiding Principles

Guiding principles are needed to avoid negative consequences and reach the scale and potential of forest and landscape restoration