WeForest is committed to developing applied research projects that will help understand and improve Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) practices, ultimately aiming to maximise positive impacts for forest recovery, biodiversity, climate change, local livelihoods and water and food security. To achieve this, WeForest collaborates with a network of research partners from universities and research institutes worldwide.

Global Players

WeForest is a Partner of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), a consortium of proactive stakeholders working together to catalyse the restoration of the world’s deforested and degraded landscapes. Partners of the GPFLR collaborate to engage decision-makers, the private sector, civil society and other actors in supporting FLR and to create knowledge networks and build capacity for best practice globally.

Research themes

Forest, water and climate change


Forest restoration impacts


FLR framework


Science partners


Latest science publications

Forest-Water Capacity Building in Ethiopia
| 01 October
Read MoreMonday, October 1, 2018 - 09:43
ZAM_Reasons to remain hopeful
Global Warming and Climate Change: Reasons to remain hopeful
| 03 September
Read MoreMonday, September 3, 2018 - 12:25
Water capacity building in INDIA
| 28 July
Read MoreFriday, July 28, 2017 - 11:29

Latest science news

"Put people first" - in Forest and Landscape Restoration
| 21 March
Read MoreThursday, March 21, 2019 - 14:29
ETH_The real lowlands. A solitary myrrh tre
Closely woven: water & carbon cycles
| 24 September
Read MoreMonday, September 24, 2018 - 11:32


  • Pedro Brancalion
    Pedro Brancalion

    Pedro Brancalion is a Professor of Forest Sciences at The University of São Paulo, Brazil and heads the Laboratório de Silvicultura Tropical (LASTROP).  His main research interest is tropical forest restoration in human-modified landscapes. Pedro collaborates with a wide network of national and international researchers.

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    Leendert Adriaan Bruijnzeel

    Leendert Adriaan Bruijnzeel (also known as Sampurno) is an Emeritus Professor of Land Use and Hydrology of the VU University Amsterdam where he last led the Amsterdam Critical Zone Hydrology Group before becoming a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London (UK) in September 2015. He has over 40 years of experience in hydrological research in the humid tropics of the Asian-Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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    Robin Chazdon

    Robin Chazdon is the Director of an international and interdisciplinary research coordination network, PARTNERS (People and Reforestation in the Tropics).  She is the Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and a professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut, USA.  More recently, she joined the International Institute of Sustainability (IIS) in Rio De Janeiro as a Senior Research Associate to work on forest restoration in Brazil.

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    David Ellison

    David Ellison is a Researcher/Consultant who works as an External Expert for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU, Umea), the European Forest Institute (EFI—Bonn), and as an Independent Senior Researcher (Ellison Consulting). His work focuses broadly on the science, politics and policy of climate, and primarily on forests and their relevance for climate and policy.

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    Cindy Morris

    Cindy Morris is Research Director and Head of the MISTRAL research team at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Avignon, a unit that focuses on plant pathogens that are dispersed in the atmosphere and water. She set-up Biological Ice Nucleators, an online forum and database on the role of microbes in atmospheric processes.  Dr Morris has worked to build a network of physicists, microbiologists, meteorologists and agronomists for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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    Daniel Murdiyarso

    Daniel Murdiyarso is a Principal Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a Professor at the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) in Indonesia. He is a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.  Dr Murdiyarso was the Lead Author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report and the IPCC Special Report on Land-use, Land-use Change and Forestry.

  • Bart Muys
    Bart Muys

    Bart Muys is a professor of forest ecology and management at KU Leuven. His research focuses on the ecosystem function of tree diversity, forest restoration ecology and the evaluation of sustainability in forests and bioenergy systems. He has led several forest restoration projects in Ethiopia and participated in numerous projects worldwide on the role of forests for water, carbon and biodiversity.

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    David Sands

    David Sands is Professor of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology at Montana State University, USA. He is a specialist in agricultural plant science, plant bacteriology, biological control of weeds and biotechnology. His work includes the ecology, detection, characterization and control of plant pathogens, Pseudomonas syringae and Xanthomonas campestris that have been linked to cloud formation and biological precipitation.

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    Iain Woodhouse

    Iain Woodhouse is Professor of Applied Earth Observation at The University of Edinburgh and founder of REDD Horizon, a capacity development programme in Malawi.  He is a co-founder of Ecometrica, a land use and carbon accounting company, and Carbomap, a forest survey company specialising in multi-scale approaches involving radar and LiDAR.