Partnership will contribute to transparency of the global restoration movement
Trillion Trees, a joint venture between BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF focused on the protection and restoration of forests, has joined forces with the science-based open data platform Restor, to contribute valuable data from its restoration sites.
Through the partnership, Trillion Trees will provide data and information from on-the-ground conservation activities of its three partners to the Restor platform and will use the platform to better understand and monitor the impact of its own implementation projects. Restor provides ecological data sets, high-resolution satellite imagery, and continuous innovation in geospatial monitoring technologies. As a global hub, Restor connects people to each other and the practical knowledge needed to increase the scale and impact of restoration and conservation efforts.
The partnership will enable both organizations to achieve the mutual goal of advancing ecosystem restoration as a nature-based solution that benefits people, biodiversity and the climate. Protecting and restoring biodiverse and resilient landscapes together with, and for the local people, empowers communities to benefit from and contribute to science.
Speaking at Restor’s event, ‘Transparency: the key to accelerating global nature restoration’ at COP27 in Egypt, John Lotspeich, Executive Director of Trillion Trees said: “We are excited to be working with Restor to contribute to its important work in advancing the scientific measurability and understanding of ecosystem restoration. Better systematic monitoring of restoration efforts is a fundamental part of measuring impact and sharing best practice on a local and global scale. Moving forward, we hope to help Restor evolve and develop its innovative platform at this critical time for the future of our planet.”
Stephanie Feeney, Restor’s Head of Partnerships said, “Transparency and collaboration are crucial for catalyzing the innovation and investment needed to ensure planetary resilience. Trillion Trees is a leader, setting a bold example for others to follow. We’re excited to welcome their restoration initiatives onto Restor, amplify the visibility of this great work, and to offer Trillion Trees a cost-effective and scaleable geospatial monitoring solution to track restoration progess and impact.”
One of the first Trillion Trees projects to be featured on the Restor platform is its ReForest Fund project to restore and maintain key forest corridors in the Makira Natural Park in Madagascar, home to endemic species including lemurs and vital to the island’s rainfall patterns. The project profile on the Restor platform can be seen here. And a feature on it here.