Restoration Advice

Planting a tree is easy. Restoring an ecosystem is hard. We’re here to help.

Do you need advice to address challenges in your restoration project? You’re not alone. Lot’s of projects need it. 

Our team of restoration ecologists provide free, confidential advice. 

We can address most challenges with a couple of zoom calls. If you present us with a really difficult problem, we may come to visit you on the ground to figure it out together.

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Examples

Here are some examples of what other organisations have needed help with. Feel free to contact us with any of these – or entirely different – questions.

Site Analysis

Only ecosystems that are forest under natural conditions should be reforested, in order not to destroy grassland ecosystems.

Is my site a deforested forest ecosystem or a natural grassland? We are happy to figure that out with you.

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Restoration Method

Traditional planting? Applied nucleation? Farmer managed natural regeneration? Agroforestry? Direct seeding? Natural regeneration? 

So many ways of restoring a forest. Which one is best for my site? We are happy to help you find the answer.

Species Selection

Usure which species you should plant at your site? Not quite clear how to analyse a target forest to define a species list? We are happy to help.
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Project Review

Do you feel relatively confident that your project is running well but would like an independent pair of eyes to take a look and spot potential issues? We’re happy to review your project along our restoration standards and recommend improvements.

Monitoring Program Set-Up

What’s the most important data to collect to monitor the development of my restoration site? How many monitoring plots do I need? How can I minimise the amount of work? Who can analyse my data for me? We are happy to help.
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Advisory Team
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Dr. Aleida Diaz
    Senior Restoration Ecologist
    Plant-for-the-Planet
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Oscar Verduzco
    Tropical Botanist
    Plant-for-the-Planet
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Dr. Peter Borchardt
    Community-Based Restoration Specialist
    Plant-for-the-Planet
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Oscar Perula
    Planting Specialist
    Plant-for-the-Planet
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Anna Gee
    Restoration Ecology PhD Student
    Imperial College, London
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Dr Fidel Chiriboga
    Supply Chain Biologist & Research Coordinator
    ETH Zürich
  • Our Corporate Partnerships Team
    Sara Lofqvist
    Restoration Policy PhD Student
    ETH Zürich
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    Empowerment & Restoration Research Park

    Our advisory team is based out of our Research Park in Balam-Ku, southern Mexiko.
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    Essential Resources for Running a Forest Restoration Project

    Start with…

    Brancalion, P.H. and Holl, K.D., 2020. Guidance for successful tree planting initiatives. Journal of Applied Ecology, 57(12), pp.2349-2361.
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    Holl, K.D. and Brancalion, P.H., 2022. Which of the plethora of tree-growing projects to support?. One Earth, 5(5), pp.452-455.
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    Holl, K.D. and Aide, T.M., 2011. When and where to actively restore ecosystems?. Forest ecology and management, 261(10), pp.1558-1563.
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    Holl, K.D., 2017. Restoring tropical forests from the bottom up. Science, 355(6324), pp.455-456.
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    Di Sacco, A., Hardwick, K. A., Blakesley, D., Brancalion, P., Breman, E., Cecilio Rebola, L., Chomba, S., Dixon, K., Elliott, S., Ruyonga, G., Shaw, K., Smith, P., Smith, R. J., & Antonelli, A. 2021. Ten golden rules for reforestation to optimize carbon sequestration, biodiversity recovery and livelihood benefits. Global change biology, 27(7), 1328–1348.
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    Trillion Trees Guide to Investing in Forest Restoration.
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    Dig Deeper

    Stanturf, J., Mansourian, S. and Kleine, M., 2017. Implementing forest landscape restoration, a practitioner's guide. International Union of Forest Research Organizations, 2017, pp.1-128.
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    Holl, K.D., Luong, J.C. and Brancalion, P.H., 2022. Overcoming biotic homogenization in ecological restoration. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.
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    Holl, K., 2020. Primer of ecological restoration. Island Press.
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    Beatty, C.R., Cox, N.A. and Kuzee, M.E., 2018. Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments (p. 10). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.
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    Applied Nucleation

    Applied Nucleation Restoration Guide for Tropical Forests
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    Tropical Ecosystems

    ITTO, 2020. Guidelines for forest landscape restoration in the tropics. ITTO Policy Development Series No. 24.
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    Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

    Rinauldo, T., Muller, A., Morris, M. 2019.. Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) manual. A resource for project managers, practitioners and all who are interested in better understanding and supporting the FMNR movement. World Vision Australia, pp. 196
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    Restoration Priority Areas

    Strassburg, B.B., Iribarrem, A., Beyer, H.L., Cordeiro, C.L., Crouzeilles, R., Jakovac, C.C., Braga Junqueira, A., Lacerda, E., Latawiec, A.E., Balmford, A. and Brooks, T.M., 2020. Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration. Nature, 586(7831), pp.724-729.
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