The two-overarching goals of the Global Restore Project are to compile existing data on restoration success for further analysis, and to link restoration researchers and practitioners through knowledge sharing.

Synthesis of Restoration Success

Primary Lines of Research

Compilation of existing data will focus on a few driving questions;

  1. What are the commonalities across the context-dependent disparate approaches and targets in restoration?
  2. Are there consistent similarities in restoration success that can be connected with shared practices?
  3.  How do processes of community assembly, and species identity affect the the outcomes of restoration treatments in terms of composition, structure, and function?
  4. What are the responses of scale-dependent diversity components to treatments across space and time compared to pristine and degraded sites?
  5. How can we maximize natural regeneration and ecosystem function through restoration actions?

As the project develops, these questions will expand with collaborative input from all participants.

Data Requirements

data are being collected primarily from scientific researchers and practitioners. Requirements for inclusion are as follows;

  • Centered on restoration activities in a degraded site
  • Centered on community-level restoration
  • Data includes community-level monitoring after plot or site-level restoration actions
  • Data includes some kind of control, whether it be pre-treatment or a degraded reference site
  • Data includes above-ground plant abundance or cover, post seeding or planting
  • Healthy reference site data are desired but not required
  • Measurements across time are desired but not required
  • Data on the responses of other organisms, and with response variables of other types than listed above are welcome and useful for side projects which may be started or proposed, please contact us for discussion

The GRP Network

This project has started in mid 2019, and we are actively searching out restoration practitioners. Data collection is the primary method of contribution at this stage, the role of contributors will change as we move into data analysis and interpretation.  Many restoration ecologists worldwide have joined the network and will receive regular project updates and opportunities to engage. To be added to our listserv, please go to our Connect page and fill in your contact details.

This website and the Global Arid Zone Project (GAZP) website will act as growing foundations of sharing knowledge and connecting restoration ecologists across systems globally.