Strengthening restoration monitoring systems in Africa is critical - here's why

'A better [restoration] measurement system will ultimately help revitalize more landscapes to benefit people, the environment and rural economies.' Image: UNSPLASH/ray rui

Bernadette Arakwiye

Research Associate, Forest Program, WRI Africa

Salima Mahamoudou

Research Associate for Africa Forest team within the Food, Forest and Water program., WRI

Will Anderson

Communications Lead, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI

Susan Chomba

Director of Vital Landscapes, WRI Africa


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Satellites can help tracking the restoration of forests like Gishwati-Mukura in Rwanda, but field data on biodiversity and socio-economic impacts is also key. Image: Seraphin Nayituriki/WRI

Tracking where half-moons are capturing water in the soil, like here in Koure, Niger, needs different techniques than monitoring tree cover. Image: AFROTO/WR

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Monitoring systems need to reflect how people use the land, like here in Gatsibo, Rwanda, and track progress toward their goals. Image: Dow Martin/WRI

Dry forests, where trees grow far apart, are particularly difficult to monitor, but Image: Aaron Minnick/WRI

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