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Restoring Tropical Forests: A Practical Guide


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Tropical and subtropical forests cover a relatively small portion of the earth’s surface, but they’re home to over half of the animal and plant species on earth. Since these forests are rapidly disappearing, there is no room for error in restoration activities and decisions. Restoring Tropical Forests is a practical guide based on proven techniques that will enable readers to make the right decisions toward saving these valuable lands.

The book is based on the innovative techniques developed at Chiang Mai University’s Forest Restoration Research Unit, Thailand. It takes a threepart approach, first looking at effective general concepts of tropical forest dynamics and regeneration, then at specific proven restoration techniques, and finally at how to use research methods to refine and adapt the techniques to local ecological and socioeconomic conditions. In addition, illustrations and case studies of successful applications help to make this a global, user-friendly guide. Whether for developing new techniques or improving old ones, Restoring Tropical Forests is a valuable tool for effective, ecologically sound change.

About the Author

Stephen Elliott is a scientist at Chiang Mai University, where he teaches courses on wildlife conservation and tropical plant ecology.
David Blakesley is the director of Wildlife Landscapes, an ecological consultancy involved in habitat restoration of temperate and tropical ecosystems.

Table of Contents

Foreword by HRH Prince of Wales




1. Tropical deforestation: a threat to life on Earth

1.1 Rate and causes of tropical deforestation

1.2 Consequences of tropical deforestation

1.3 What is forest restoration?

1.4 The benefits of forest restoration

Case Study 1 - Cristalino


2. Understanding tropical forests

2.1 Tropical Forest types

2.2 Understanding forest regeneration

2.3 Climate change and restoration


3. Recognising the problem

3.1 Recognizing levels of degradation

3.2 Rapid site assessment

3.3 Interpreting data from a rapid site assessment

Case Study 2 - Littoral forest restoration in south-eastern Madagascar


4. Planning forest restoration

4.1 Who are the stakeholders?

4.2 Defining the objectives

4.3 Fitting forests into landscapes

4.4 Choosing sites for restoration

4.5 Drafting a project plan

4.6 Fundraising


5. Tools for restoring tropical forests

5.1 Protection

5.2 ‘Assisted or ‘accelerated natural regeneration (ANR)

5.3 The framework species method

5.4 Maximum diversity methods

5.5 Site amelioration and nurse plantations

5.6 Costs and benefits

Case Study 3 - Area de Conservation Guanacaste (ACG)


6. Grow your own trees

6.1 Building a nursery

6.2 Collecting and handling tree seeds

6.3 Germinating seeds

6.4 Potting

6.5 Caring for trees in the nursery

6.6 Research for improving native tree propagation

Case Study 4 - Doi Mae Solong: “Treasure Tree Clubs”


7. Tree planting, maintenance and monitoring

7.1 Preparing to plant

7.2 Planting

7.3 Caring for planted trees

7.4 Monitoring progress

7.5 Research for improving tree performance

7.6 Research on biodiversity recovery

Case Study 5 - Kaliro District


8. Setting up a forest restoration research unit (FORRU)

8.1 Organisation

8.2 Working at all levels

8.3 Funding

8.4 Information management

8.5 Selecting suitable tree species

8.6 Reaching out: education and extension services

Case Study 6 - Chiang Mai Universitys Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU)



A1 - Templates for data collection sheets

A2 - Experimental design and statistical tests





Product Details

Elliott, Stephen
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Blakesley, David
Hardwick, Kate
Environmental Studies-Environment
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10 x 7.5 in

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Science and Mathematics » Botany » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Ecology
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment

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