The two overarching goals of the GAZP are to compile existing data on restoration success for deeper analysis, and to link restoration researchers and practitioners through knowledge sharing.
Meta-analysis of Restoration Success
Primary Lines of Research
Compilation of existing data will focus on a few driving questions:
- What are the primary restoration methods and tools in global drylands?
- Are there consistent trends in restoration success and can these be linked with shared practices?
- How do external drivers such as local climate shift restoration success in global drylands?
- How does species identity and functional strategy influence species response to restoration activity?
As the project develops, these questions will expand with collaborative input from all participants.
Data is being collected primarily from scientific researchers and practitioners. Requirements for inclusion are as follows:
- Collected in an ecosystem with less than 750 mm average annual rainfall.
- Centered on restoration activities in a degraded site.
- Centered on community-level restoration, with at least three species seeded if seeding occurred, and/or with community-level monitoring after site-level restoration actions.
- Data includes above-ground plant density post-seeding OR
- Data includes above-ground plant cover post-seeding.
Participation in the GAZP Database requires the submittal of raw data on restoration treatments and outcomes as well as core meta-data on each restoration project. Participants are not limited in the number of projects they can submit. Because the GAZP Database is growing rapidly and all data management is currently volunteer, we ask that data be formatted to match our standards. All required information and instructions can be found in the Data Contribution page.
The GAZP Network
The project was started in early 2018, and we are actively searching out arid and semi-arid restoration practitioners. Though data contribution is the primary method of collaboration at this stage, the role of individual contributors will grow and change as we move into data analysis and interpretation. Many restoration ecologists worldwide have joined the network and will receive regular project updates and opportunities to engage. To be added to our listserv, please go to the Connect page and fill in your contact details.
Additionally, this website will act as a growing foundation for sharing knowledge and connecting restoration ecologists regionally. Keep an eye out for new tools and interfaces coming in future!