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Research

Restoration Science

Restoration science is a rapidly evolving field with new information on restoration approaches, experiences, outcomes and impacts – all helping to inform best practice and maximise positive results from restoration efforts.

Restoration Science research projects

Pontal, Brazil

2019-2024

In collaboration with: 

A large-scale initiative led by the University of São Paulo (USP) and Wageningen University (WUR) focused on:

  • Assessing the multi-functionality of different types of forests in the state of São Paulo.
  • Predicting the contribution of new forests to biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, watershed services and agricultural production.
  • Determining the attributes of new forests and their drivers of regeneration and deforestation.
  • Developing novel policies and market instruments to foster and stimulate new forests.

NewFor fieldwork is being carried out at WeForest’s Pontal project during 2021, gathering ground data on forest structure and composition, biomass, soil properties and water infiltration capacity.  Carbon stocks are being mapped using airborne LiDAR data.

As part of NewFor we will gain key information on the biophysical attributes of our restoration areas and the wider landscape where we work.  This will help us to assess the impact of our restoration efforts on the status and recovery of ecosystem functions.