Karen Holl is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on understanding how local and landscape scale processes affect ecosystem recovery from human disturbance and using this information to restore damaged ecosystems. She advises numerous public and private agencies on land management and restoration and is committed to communicating with policy makers and the public.
Thomas Crowther is a scientist specialized in Ecosystem Ecology. He is the founder of the Crowther lab, an interdisciplinary research group at ETH Zürich. As a supporting partner to the ‘UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’, aims to understand Earth’s ecosystems to help in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change. He is also the founder of a not-for-profit conservation organization called Restor and scientific advisor to the UN’s ‘Trillion Tree Campaign’.
Aida Cuní-Sanchez is Associate professor of Environmental Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her work focuses on tropical forest ecology, carbon stocks, ethnobotany, forest use by local communities and forest conservation. She has been involved in several multidisciplinary collaborative research projects, in over ten countries in Africa.
Claude Garcia is part of the Group of Forest Management and Development. He works on the links between the environment and livelihood in tropical landscapes. He is particularly interested in how farmers and forest dwellers cope with change, be it environmental, technological or political, and in the impact on biodiversity of their coping strategies.
Christophe Besacier is a Forestry Officer and is currently coordinating the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) at the Food and Agriculture Organization, where he is providing technical assistance and implementing restoration projects implemented in more than 20 countries.
Susan Chomba is a scientist with over 15 years of research and development experience in Africa. She is the Director of Vital Landscapes for Africa at the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she leads the institution’s work on forests, food systems and people. This includes forest landscape restoration, sustainable agriculture as well as thriving rural livelihoods in Africa.