Social network analysis and restoration experts will discuss how to strengthen community governance through mapping and data analysis at the local level and in online spaces like social media.

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Traditionally, forest and landscape restoration has been concerned with mapping the biophysical opportunities to plant trees and shrubs. But restoration is not just about trees. It's also about the people.

WRI’s recent guidebook, Mapping Social Landscapes: A Guide to Identifying the Networks, Priorities, and Values of Restoration Actors, introduces a new focus for mapping: the people who live, work and depend on landscapes. By translating methodologies frequently used in the crisis fields of national security and health, the guide offers strategies to build a movement around restoration.

To create an environment for successful restoration and natural resource management, we must understand where resources come from, who provides leadership and who are champions of the cause. This requires social network analysis, which can reveal central and peripheral actors and the strategies that are required to change or improve how people work together.

Join leading restoration and social network analysis experts to learn more about how to apply these techniques through participatory approaches and social media mining.


  • Kathleen BuckinghamResearch Manager, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
  • Dow ManteerattanaManager, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
  • Eva SchifferSenior Learning Specialist, Dexis Consulting Group
  • Cody BuntainVisiting Scholar, NYU's SMaPP Lab, Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Maryland

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About the Series

WRI’s Greening Governance Seminar Series explores how good governance – inclusive, transparent decision-making processes, equal access to justice, strong institutions and a vibrant civil society – not only help policymakers advance more effective, equitable policies, but also implement ambitious commitments like the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

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