The Indonesian Social Forestry program is a model of empowering local communities to sustainably manage their lands under secured land rights. However, the system is complex to navigate. To help people overcome common challenges, we invited Indonesian NGOs to join a Restor café and talk with experts who have successfully navigated the legislative landscape and set up Social Forestry projects. The discussion revealed that NGOs work with local communities in significantly different ways. As a result, ethnocultural and socio-economic differences require adaptive approaches that ensure restoration goals align with community needs. Restor Café participants also identified a lack of capacity to fulfill the administrative requirements and monitor progress. Restor offers a solution to this specific challenge with open data monitoring tools that increase reporting transparency.