Reflection on Restor published in One Earth

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Camellia Williams

Camellia Williams

Natural ecosystems and the biodiversity within them are integral to human life and well-being. That’s why the protection and restoration of biodiversity is most successful when nature becomes the economically sustainable option for local communities. 

For this to happen on a global scale, transparency and connectivity between projects, NGOs, governments, markets, scientists, and the public is crucial. Restor enables this connectivity and transparency by providing a free data-sharing platform that democratizes access to scientific data and monitoring insights, putting important data into the hands of anyone working to protect and restore nature.

An overview of how Restor supports a bottom-up environmental movement has been published in the journal One Earth (add link). The reflection details how Restor facilitates the two-way exchange of data between scientists and restoration practitioners, which will improve our collective understanding of nature-based solutions. 

Restor’s unique database provides access to a total of 32 datasets and is currently used by more than 100,000 projects worldwide. Users are invited to upload information about the location and specific details of their own work, and can choose to make this data available to the scientific community, allowing ecologists, social, and political scientists to study global restoration efforts. 

It’s this unique feedback loop that enables Restor to increase transparency and connectivity while accelerating restoration success across the globe. 

Read the reflection and contact us at community@restor.eco if you would like to discuss opportunities for scientific collaboration. 

 Restor: transparency and connectivity for the global environmental movement Thomas W. Crowther, Stephen M. Thomas, Johan van den Hoogen, Niamh Robmann, Alfredo Chavarría, Andrew Cottam, Rebecca Cole, Thomas Elliott1, Emily Clark, Simeon Max, Olga Danylo and Clara Rowe DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2022.04.003