• Bringing forth the earth’s rainforests

    New research reveals the best bets for restoring tropical rainforests By Robin Chazdon | The lush green belt of moist tropical forests that once hugged the equator in the Americas, Africa, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia is turning brown.  Some 50 percent of the original forests are pastures or cropland; and

  • Making FLR happen through engaging local people: A learning journey from Biliran to Tacloban and on to Manila

    By Kanchana Wiset, Ph.D. candidate (kanchana.wiset@research.usc.edu.au) // Tropical Forest and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast Conservation and livelihood development are often viewed as trade-offs, but Forest and Landscape Restoration(FLR), attempts to reconcile them. Forest and Landscape Restoration is a long-term process that aims to regain ecological function and

  • For the Love of Restoration

    Pictured above: Rill erosion in the lower Nyando River Basin, Kenya. Photo credit: Aida Bargués Tobella   For the Love of Restoration The challenge of balancing quantity and quality in FLR efforts By Aida Bargués Tobella, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) FLR is on everyone’s

  • Nature needs people and here’s why

    Pictured above: A native-species plantation being managed for natural regeneration in NW Costa Rica [photo: R. Chazdon] By Robin L. Chazdon, Director, PARTNERS; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA; University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia On 12 September, 2018, Nature4Climate.org launched the “Forgotten Solution Campaign” at the Global Climate Action

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,