This book explores how reforestation might be carried out both to conserve biological diversity and to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor. While both issues have attracted considerable attention in recent years, this book takes a significant step, by integrating ecological and silvicultural knowledge within the context of the social and economic issues that can determine the success or failure of tropical forest landscape restoration.
Describing new approaches to the reforestation of degraded lands in the Asia-Pacific tropics, the author reviews current approaches to reforestation throughout the region, paying particular attention to those which incorporate native species - including in multi-species plantations. It presents case studies from across the Asia-Pacific region and discusses how the silvicultural methods needed to manage these 'new' plantations will differ from conventional methods. It also explores how reforestation might be made more attractive to smallholders and how trade-offs between production and conservation are most easily made at a landscape scale.
This book concludes with a discussion of how future forest restoration may be affected by some current ecological and socio-economic trends now underway.
From the reviews: "David Lamb's book is welcome because it examines the issues of reforestation and afforestation from an ecosystem perspective ! . The text is generously supported by case studies and ! it contains much that will be interest to those involved in forest conservation and management throughout the tropics. ! This book is the best in its class by far and should be available to all persons in forest and natural resource agencies as well as in the NGOs who often invest in tree planting." (Jeffrey Sayer, Tropical Conservation Science, Vol. 4 (1), 2011) "The central theme of linking the restoration method to ecology and ecosystem services continues, again supported by case studies. ! This book is an absolute gem for anyone involved in forest restoration, it is well written ! . This is a researcher's book ! any research laboratory involved in ecological restoration generally, and on tropical forests (in particular) will find this book should be kept readily to hand." (Rob Marrs, Biological Conservation, 2011)
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