Meet the Restoration Stewards


Meet the Restoration Stewards 2022

Sergio Esteban Lozano Baez, Colombia, restoring Mountains

The heart of our project are two species of birds that are in danger of extinction and that are only found in the Andean region of Colombia, between 1,200 and 2,500 meters above sea level. In addition to these achievements, it is important to note that the birds in our project are umbrella species, which means that the conservation and restoration actions that we have implemented are benefiting a greater set of species, as well as improving ecosystem services in the Andean region. For example, we are protecting 5 water sources and expanding the natural forest strips in the region. Also, with the improvement of agroforestry practices, farmers improve their productivity while helping to care for the environment.

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Hidayah Halid, Malaysia, restoring Oceans

Perhentian Marine Research Station (PMRS) is a small marine conservation station located in Perhentian Island, Malaysia. PMRS is focusing on monitoring the health of the reef ecosystem and engaging with stakeholders around the islands for sustainable resource management. PMRS strives to combine scientific research with bottom-up bio-cultural conservation by inviting local and global communities to engage in reef conservation and coral research. The bio-culture conservation approach should eliminate the separation of nature and social elements to recognize the rights and responsibilities of all stakeholders. Thus, the establishment of the AnakPulau program, literally translated as “Child of the Island,” aims to integrate the local community in protecting and restoring their habitat, their home.

 Instagram: @perhentian_marine_research, @reringgit

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Eka Cahyaningrum, Indonesia, restoring Peatlands

Tropical peat swamp forest is a unique ecosystem that is under enormous threat by human activities, such as logging, conversion for agriculture, drainage, fire, and wildlife hunting. Peat-swamp forests in the tropics represent a high biodiversity ecosystem with thousands of species and are rich in endemic and endangered flora and fauna. Triggered by the urgency of decelerating climate crisis for humanity, we collaborate with stakeholders in Jumpun Pambelom and Tane Pambelom area (Tane Ranu Dayak Institution) to fight for the environmental issues of peat swamp forests in Central Kalimantan.

Instagram: @Ikaa_cahya, @hirai_foundation 

Twitter: @e_cahyaningrum 

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Adrian Leitoro, Kenya, restoring Drylands

Ndottos Forest Reserve covers an area of approximately 97,165 ha. The mountains lie between Matthew’s ranges and Mt. Ngiro to the south and north respectively. The ecosystem is a source of springs that usually dry up a few kilometers downstream due to high evaporation and percolation rates. Subsistence pastoralism is the mainland use activity around Ndottos Ranges. Considering the local community is mainly pastoralist, Ndotto provides dry season grazing areas to a large quantity of livestock. The annual flow for both the springs and rivers has been decreasing over the years due to deforestation and intensive use of water upstream. Forest fires are frequent and are mainly caused by accidental fires when harvesting honey and also by pastoralists who burn vegetation to allow for re-growth.


The project aims to restore this important dryland ecosystem. We will set up a tree nursery in the ecosystem at Ngurunit. The nursery will be a source of native tree species for our restoration work and will be jointly run by indigenous women from the area and WEP. The women will be involved in nursery operations that include taking care of the seedling until they are ready to plant.

Instagram: @leitoro_adrian 

Twitter: @leitoroadrian

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Gabriela Gavarrete Juárez, El Salvador, restoring Forests

Over the last 10 years, forest fires have damaged the Walter Thilo Deiniger Park’s woodland cover, wildlife and rivers, affecting the surrounding communities. The year 2020 was the first year that the park did not suffer fires, thanks to the “forest and water” program, a restoration work that ASISTEDCOS Foundation has been applying in natural protected areas. The project aims to plant one hectare of land with native trees and build water retention structures in the soil; and to organize awareness-raising activities in the communities and design audiovisual material on forest fires and good agricultural practices, so they can educate people about the importance of conservation and sustainability.

 Instagram: @gabsbio 

Twitter: @mylastnamewithG

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Meet the Restoration Stewards 2021

Grace Easteria, Indonesia, restoring Oceans

Coral Reef Restoration Project in a Thousand Island

Coral reef rehabilitation in Thousand Island aims to restore coral reef cover that has been damaged as a result of human activities. Seeing that the Thousand Islands are coral islands, coral reefs are greatly significant in the coastal protection of the local community. Besides its ecological benefit, this project also provides income through restoration projects and tourism activities and helps boost up the potential of marine tourism in the Thousand Islands which was previously damaged by over 60%.


Instagram: @geasteria

Twitter: @geasteria

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Marlon Webb, Costa Rica, restoring Mountains

Bosque para nacer Agua

Communities depend on the mountains in the area mainly for freshwater. However, the degradation of this vulnerable ecosystem is increasing. It is a fundamental need to restore this ecosystem and the society depending on it. That is why at Diwo, we partner with the Bruncajc Indigenous Women’s Group “So Cagru” to restore the Boruca mountains, conserve freshwater and preserve cultural heritage. 


 Instagram: @marlonwebbcr,

 Twitter: @marlon_webbc, @diwoambiental

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Analí Bustos, Argentina, Restoring Forests

Proyecto Reserva Natural Monte Alegre

El Espinal is one of the most degraded forest ecosystems on the planet. We have lost much of its diversity and surface, while many people are not aware of its particularities and richness. At Monte Alegre, we work for the ecological and social restoration of our forests. Restoration must plant seeds in the earth, but it must also plant seeds in the hearts of people. This is the only way that can allow restoration results to be enduring over time.  


Instagram: @li.bustos, @proyecto.rn.montealegre

Twitter: @bustos_anali 

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Frances Camille Rivera, Philippines, Wetlands

Community-based mangrove restoration efforts of unproductive fishponds

The restoration project for wetlands is to enhance the bottom-up restoration efforts through participatory and knowledge-transfer to the local communities and community environment officers on the suitable methods of wetland restoration by means of targeted areas and multispecies planting. One of the activities is to restore unproductive fishponds and other barren areas around the country back to mangroves so that the areas become fertile and productive to enable possible alternative livelihood to the mangrove-dependent communities.


Instagram: @camzzrivera, @mangrovesforourfuture

Twitter: @frcamillerivera

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Charity Lanoi, Kenya, Drylands

Moilo Grass Seed Bank and Apiary

I would want to restore the degraded areas of Kuku Group Ranch through grass seed banks, tree planting, and beekeeping projects. The use of grass seed banks is our primary method of restoration for the project. Grass seed banks will not only benefit the women group economically, but also provide available pasture for livestock


Instagram: @mwct_kenya

Twitter: @charity_lanoi, @maasaiwild

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Sumarni Laman, Indonesia, Peatlands

The Heartland Project

The Heartland Project focuses on different areas that are closely related to the Indigenous Dayak living system. First, the Tumbang Nusa village, located in Pulang Pisau regency, a source of hotspots for 23 years. The second area for the project is in Talekoi village, located in South Barito regency, which still has a lush forest, under the threat of forest fires. 


Instagram: @sumarni_laman

Twitter: @sumarnilaman

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Anna Bucci:

GLF Youth Coordinator

Supporting partners

Under the banner of Generation Restoration, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) launched the Restoration Stewards program in 2020 to support and highlight the work of six young restoration practitioners and their teams, dubbed ‘Restoration Stewards’. The year-long program provides funding, mentorship, and training to deepen the impact of these projects.
In 2021, the Restoration Stewards and their teams will be supported to further develop their project and will become ambassadors at both global and local levels. Globally, the Restoration Stewards will share their journey in a series of vlogs and blogs documenting their stories of inspiration and challenges. Locally, they will spark a restoration movement, creating pathways to connect, share, learn, and act for more sustainable landscapes.