We strengthen our work through

applied research

Collaborating with universities and research institutes ensures the best outcomes for our projects and supports an evidence-based ecosystem restoration movement.

Research Partners

We’re always keen to hear about new opportunities for research collaboration. If your research focuses on our key themes we would be happy to hear from you.

Please write to us at research@weforest.org

Key thematic areas for applied research development:

Restoration Science

In this rapidly evolving field, new information on restoration approaches, experiences, outcomes and impacts is helping to inform best practice and maximize positive results.

Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation

Investigating the impacts of restoration on climate processes (and vice versa) helps to maximise restoration benefits such as carbon sequestration and improves our understanding of how forests respond to a changing climate.

Forest and water NEXUS

Forests influence rainfall patterns and impact water availability, quantity and quality. We study the effect of restoration on complex forest-water-climate processes.

Protecting and Restoring Biodiversity

We are facing unprecedented rates of global biodiversity loss. Protecting and supporting the recovery of forest biodiversity is crucial for a healthy and resilient planet.

WeForest research articles

Journal articles, books and book chapters, policy briefs and other publications authored by members of the WeForest team.

Gidey et al. (2023). Population and conservation status of the endangered Dracaena ombet tree in dry Afromontane forests. Global Ecology and Conservation,
Volume 50, April 2024, e02809

Cohen et al. (2022). Practitioner-researcher partnerships: perspectives from two sides of the same coin. SERNews digital magazine

Hishe et al. (2022). Recruitment credit cannot compensate for extinction debt in a degraded dry Afromontane forest. Journal of Vegetation Science

Hishe et al. (2021). Environmental and anthropogenic factors affecting natural regeneration of degraded dry afromontane forest. Restoration Ecology

Tamba et al. (2021) Stochastic simulation of restoration outcomes for a dry afromontane forest landscape in northern Ethiopia. Forest Policy and Economics, 125

Negussie et al. (2021). Continuous resin tapping for frankincense harvest increases susceptibility of Boswellia papyrifera (Del.) Hochst trees to longhorn beetle damage. Heliyon 7 (2), e06250

Badari et al. (2020). Ecological outcomes of agroforests and restoration 15 years after planting. Restoration Ecology 28 (5), 135-1144

Gidey et al. (2020). Population status of Boswellia papyrifera woodland and prioritizing its conservation interventions using multi-criteria decision model in northern EthiopiaHeliyon 6 (10), e05139

Garcia et al. (2020). The global forest transition as a human affair. One Earth, 2, 417-428

César et al. (2020). Forest and Landscape Restoration: a review emphasizing principles, concepts, and practices. Land, 10(1), 28

ITTO Policy Development Series No. 24 (2020). Guidelines for forest landscape restoration in the tropics.  International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Yokohama, Japan

Eberhardt et al. (2019). Advancing the forest and water nexus: a capacity development facilitation guide. FAO, Rome

Negussie et al. (2018). An exploratory survey of long horn beetle damage on the dryland flagship tree species Boswellia papyrifera (Del.) Hochst. Journal of Arid Environments 152, 6-11

How to know it when we see it? A case for forest and landscape restoration quality standard. FLoRES, 2017

Ellison et al. (2017). Trees, forests and water: cool insights for a hot world. Global Environmental Change 43, 51-61

Gutierrez, V. (ed.) (2016). Management lesů a jeho význam pro vodu a klimatizaci krajiny. Vodní hospodářství, 2, pp. 24-25, Praha, Czech Republic, ISSN 1211-0760 (Managing Forests for Water and for Climate Cooling, Czech version)

van Noordwijk et al. (2015). Ecological rainfall infrastructure: investment in trees for sustainable development. ASB Policy Brief 47

Recommended reads on...

Nature-Based Solutions (NbS)

NbS Initiative – review the evidence for NbS using the interactive platform and get ‘digestible’ summaries of the latest NbS research and policy developments.

The Paris Agreement & Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Climate Watch – explore Paris Agreement NDCs for each country, visualise national GHG emissions and explore NDC-UN SDG linkages.

Forest and Landscape Restoration

The State of the World’s Forests

Global Forest Review – access the most up-to-date information on forest status and changes drawn from global geospatial data.

Global Carbon Budgets

The Global Carbon Project (GCP) – get the most up-to-date data on carbon fluxes, annual GHG budgets (CO2, CH4 and N₂O), sector specific emissions and more.

Forests and water

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