Ecological restoration experiences in Brazil: Young scientists inspiring the world


Ricardo Gomes César is a forester with a PhD in Ecosystem Conservation and a forest and landscape restoration specialist. He has worked as a consultant developing partnerships and prospecting, developing evaluating, and researching forest and landscape restoration for NGOs such as The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Ecological Research Institute (IPE), WeForest, and Reforest’Action.

During our visit to the IV Brazilian Conference of Ecological Restoration, we had the opportunity to interview Ricardo, who shared his experience and his motivation to work for the restoration of ecosystems. Ricardo participates in many research projects and mentors young students who are passionate about Brazil’s incredible forests. He also is involved in projects with international organizations, where he manages various aspects of forest restoration.

Gabriela, 2022 Forest Restoration Steward, interviews Ricardo, who shares his work in forest restoration.

Gabriela Gavarrete

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Supporting partners 2023

Supporting partners

The Restoration Stewards program provides funding, mentorship and training to deepen the impact of youth-led restoration projects. The year-long program is run by the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) under the banner of Generation Restoration to support and highlight the work of eight young restoration practitioners and their teams in 2023.

During the program, the Restoration Stewards and their teams are  supported to further develop their project and serve as ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards share their journeys in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges and participate in different international events to showcase their work. Locally, they are sparking a restoration movement, mobilizing local communities and creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for livelihoods and landscapes.