Our mission

Restor is accelerating the global restoration movement by connecting everyone, everywhere to local restoration. Restor connects people to scientific data, supply chains, funding, and each other to increase the impact, scale, and sustainability of restoration efforts. We believe that anyone can be a restoration champion, including you.

Our 10 Core Principles

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  1. Restor is for everyoneIf you are connected to ecological restoration, whether directly or indirectly, we are building Restor for you.
  1. Restor is an impact-driven, not-for-profit organizationWe exist to help restoration and those who practice it succeed.
  1. Restor is a collaborative networkWe are working with thousands of restoration projects and leading organizations around the world to strengthen the restoration movement. We invite you to join the restoration community!
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  1. Restor believes conservation is fundamentalThe first step in global restoration is the conservation of ecosystems that currently exist. We urgently need to conserve what we have and restore what is degraded.
  1. Restor is for all ecosystems and management typesRestor is not just about trees or forests, but also about grasslands, wetlands, coastal habitats and all the other places that support life on Earth.
  1. Data on Restor does not necessarily represent land ownershipLand tenure can be complex, and site data on our platform does not necessarily reflect ownership. We ask that all users respect land ownership and traditional land tenure.
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  1. Restor’s data is based on global modelsWe use the best global data sets available, but accuracy and uncertainty varies. Restor will continue evolving as the science improves. The platform is constantly incorporating new data from global models, on-the-ground research, and user-shared data. We invite your suggestions.
  1. Restor is descriptive, not prescriptiveWe do not tell you how to use data or how to run your restoration project.
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  1. Restor does not validate projectsWe provide transparency, allowing the restoration community to learn from each other and hold one another accountable.
  1. Restor does not sell your dataThe data you share is for the restoration and scientific communities.
  1. Bonus! Restor understands technology isn’t a quick fixReal change requires local and global communities coming together to pursue a wide range of ecological, societal, and climate solutions.

In October 2020, Dr. Thomas Crowther announced Restor and the mission behind the platform during the TED Countdown Event.

Our Story

Ecosystem restoration and conservation are crucial for protecting Earth’s biodiversity and achieving climate mitigation goals. Restoration has the potential to draw down about 30 percent of accumulated global carbon emissions and is a key component of many nations’ climate mitigation goals by 2030. However, the biggest impacts are often felt most acutely at the local scale and where people depend on biodiversity for their livelihoods. Protecting and rebuilding ecosystems are therefore local challenges. But the right scientific data and resources are often inaccessible, and where they are available, they are spread across a mix of outlets.

As a global ecological research group, Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich knows the benefits of access to data and also the pitfalls of data when not paired with local knowledge. They set out to create a unified platform to democratize ecological data to ensure that the best restoration data is created by, for, and with restoration practitioners.

With the right data, along with full transparency, local restoration projects can now connect to an ever-growing network of restoration action. Restoration takes many forms, from the protection of land so that vegetation can flourish to holistic soil management to agroforestry to tree planting to wetlands protection, and others. It is also practiced in many ways, whether through indigenous cosmologies, as a part of regenerative agriculture, within supply chains, or via backyard experiments. Regardless of whether we are currently practicing restoration, we all have a ‘land footprint’ that extends beyond our carbon emissions to our impacts on soil, biodiversity, and natural systems. It is our goal to make it possible for us all to understand that land footprint and the decisions associated with it. Through this process, we aim to foster understanding, and action to regenerate what has been degraded, and to make that will benefit natural ecosystems. Every one of us can make a difference, one decision at a time.

Founded by ETH Zurich’s Crowther Lab and developed in collaboration with Google, Restor was a finalist for the Royal Foundation’s 2021 Earthshot Prize and is an official partner of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.