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Restor founder Tom Crowther
2021 Finalist
and Restore Nature


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Restoring nature is challenging and can take many years to succeed. Restor’s online platform increases transparency around ecosystem restoration efforts.

Their Story

Regenerating forests. Protecting wetlands. Rewilding grasslands. All over the world, people are striving to restore and conserve local ecosystems. 

Increasing transparency around ecosystem restoration efforts fosters collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, and trust, accelerating success and driving additional investment. That’s why Dr. Thomas Crowther founded Restor, an online platform for everyone that’s pledged to conserve, protect, sustainably manage, and restore ecosystems. 

Restor is like a Google Maps for nature. It connects nature champions with ecological data and monitoring tools, and builds networks between project implementers, funders, and the public. For the first time, major scientific datasets are at the fingertips of the champions working to restore nature, helping local knowledge fuel global change.     

From wetland conservation to agroforestry to neighbourhood tree planting, Restor has already given a boost to thousands of green projects of all sizes. Since launching in 2021, it has brought together more than 125,000 restoration and conservation sites worldwide. And it is free for anyone to sign up.     

Since being named an Earthshot Prize 2021 Finalist, Restor has grown its team from 10 to 33 and will soon launch a new suite of platform features based on feedback from thousands of users.  

A partnership with 2021 Earthshot Prize Winner Costa Rica promises to deliver greater transparency to the country’s conservation and restoration efforts. Details of Costa Rica’s payment program for ecosystem services projects will be published on Restor, making their commitments on forest loss and recovery traceable and accountable. The partnership has opened the door for similar conversations with two other South American countries. 

Other Finalists in Protect & Restore Nature

Learn About the Earthshots

and Restore

By 2030, we choose to ensure that, for the first time in human history, the natural world is growing – not shrinking – on our planet. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Protecting areas of high biodiversity such as forests, wetland, peatlands and wildlife corridors
  2. Restoring damaged ecosystems
  3. Feeding people while protecting nature
Learn more about this Earthshot

Clean Our

By 2030 we choose to ensure that everyone in the world breathes clean, healthy air – at World Health Organization standard or better. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Engaging citizens in data collection and clean air policies
  2. Preventing the burning of fields, forests and waste
  3. Transitioning to clean transportation for all
Learn more about this Earthshot

Revive Our

By 2030, we choose to repair and preserve our oceans for future generations. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Protecting and restoring coastal ecosystems
  2. Replenishing fish populations
  3. Reducing demand for fishmeal
Learn more about this Earthshot

Build a

By 2030, we choose to build a world where nothing goes to waste, where the leftovers of one process become the raw materials of the next – just like they do in nature. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Reducing food loss from farm to fork
  2. Phasing out single-use and non-recycled plastics
  3. High-value circularity in fashion and electronics
Learn more about this Earthshot

Fix Our

We choose to fix the world’s climate by cutting out carbon: building a carbon neutral economy that lets every culture, community and country thrive. 

This Earthshot focuses on three main areas of interest: 

  1. Creating an equitable clean energy future
  2. Addressing non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions
  3. Decarbonising hard to abate sectors
Learn more about this Earthshot
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