"The socio-ecological and politico-economic dynamics of ecological restoration through tree planting schemes in the global South" (TreesForDev) is a consortium project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Develop2. The project examines the dynamics of ecological restoration involving tree planting schemes. Planting trees is a popular and easy way to try to restore ecosystems and mitigate climate change. Our project examines the socio-ecological/economic impacts of tree planting in the global South. What are the political forces that enable ecological restoration with trees? How do these projects impact communities and ecologies on the ground? What are the larger societal consequences of ecological restoration in different countries and cultures?