Upcoming webinar – Tree planting and water cycling: always a win-win situation?

In the next SUPERB/IUFRO Forest Restoration Talk, we’ll take a trip to the Loess Plateau in China to investigate the nexus between forest restoration and water.

As climate change impacts creep in, considering the options and limitations of forest restoration from the perspective of water cycling has become critical, especially in dry regions of the world. We need to transform traditional approaches to restoration by taking into account water resource limitations, the impacts of forestry practices on water resources, and the optimisation of multiple forest functions and services.

Using afforestation in the Loess Plateau as a regional example, we’ll discuss the topic with two speakers from IUFRO’s Transforming Forest Landscapes Task Force:

• Yanhui Wang, Ecology and Nature Conservation Institute, Chinese Academy of Forestry

• Zhang Mingfang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

The webinar “Tree planting and water cycling: always a win-win situation?” takes place on the 10th of April, at 16:00 CET.

Webinar: “Ecosystem Restoration on a Landscape level – how can it work in practice?” 

Landscape approaches to ecosystem restoration are gaining traction worldwide, helping to rebuild degraded ecosystems for the benefit of people and nature while leveraging local and scientific expertise and enhancing stakeholder cooperation. To deliver large-scale landscape restoration across Europe, the European Commission is funding four flagship projects as part of the EU Green Deal and as a direct input to the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the new Nature Restoration Law.  

The EU Green Deal ecosystem restoration cluster – composed of the SUPERB, MERLIN, WaterLANDS and REST-COAST projects – totals 85 million euros of investment, spread out across forest, freshwater, wetlands and coastal ecosystems. Individually, the four projects are conducting on-the-ground restoration efforts in each of their ecosystems and paving the way for further upscaling and replication activities in the years to come. Together, they are working on joint challenges, creating common tools and resources, such as the upcoming Nature Restoration Gateway, and debating how restoration across different ecosystems can be coordinated at the landscape scale. 

The next step in this collaboration is the webinar “Ecosystem Restoration on a Landscape level – how can it work in practice?”, to be held on 13 March, 16:00 CET, as part of the SUPERB Monthly Forest Restoration Talks. Representatives of the four projects will gather to discuss their experiences with restoration on a practical level, common challenges and ideas on how a more integrated approach to landscape restoration might look like.  

Curious to hear more about the cluster? Register here to join the webinar!  

Webinar speakers: 

  • Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, Principal Scientist, European Forest Institute, SUPERB project coordinator 
  • Sebastian Birk, Senior Scientist and Lecturer, University of Duisburg-Essen, MERLIN project coordinator 
  • Shane Mc Guinness, Assistant Professor, University College Dublin, WATERLANDS project coordinator 
  • Ana Iglesias, Professor, Technical University of Madrid – UPM, REST-COAST project 

Webinar “Unveiling the Future of Christmas Trees in the Era of Climate Change”

Navigating Forest Disturbances, Restoration, and Adaptation

In our upcoming Forest Restoration Webinar with IUFRO‘s Task Force ‘Transforming Forest Landscapes for Future Climates and Human Well-Being’ on 13th December 4pm CET, our speaker Christina Dollinger (Technical University Munich) will introduce us to her research related to the Restoration of mountain forests in the Berchtesgaden National Park. Christina will elaborate on short- and long-term success in the face of climate change and share insights from her research combining field data and simulation modelling.

Register here to attend!

Webinar: New Standards of Practice to Guide Ecosystem Restoration – Views from Science and Practice

Join our upcoming SUPERB/IUFRO Forest Restoration Talk, co-hosted by the European Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration!

The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) has co-authored a new set of “Standards of Practice to Guide Ecosystem Restoration”, launched this year in partnership with the FAO and IUCN-CEM as a contribution to the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Furthermore, various principles and standards guidance have been released or are under development since 2019, including the WWF-SER Mediterranean forest project certification standards, aiming to verify the quality of field-based restoration projects, providing guidance, structure, and an auditing process for ecological restoration.

In the next SUPERB/IUFRO Forest Restoration Talk, organised in collaboration with SER, George Gann, SER’s International Policy Lead, will present an overview of the new Standards of Practice including insights from the Mediterranean project, discussing how these can support the design, implementation, and funding of restoration actions.

He will be joined by Dr Michael Kleine, Deputy Executive Director & Coordinator at IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities, who will provide views from a science and training perspective with reference to existing forest-related restoration guidelines and share experiences with implementing some of these on the ground.


  • George Gann, International Policy Lead, Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)
  • Michael Kleine, Deputy Executive Director & Coordinator, International Union of Forest Research Organizations, Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC)


  • Magda Bou Dagher-Kharrat, Principal scientist at the Mediterranean Facility of the European Forest Institute and coordinator of the SUPERB project
  • Andreas Bolte, coordinator of the IUFRO Task Force “Transforming Forest Landscapes for Futures Climates and Human Well-Being”