Synopses & Reviews
A book of inspiring beauty that tells of a unique odyssey around the world in search of positive tales of forest restoration
"An extremely readable book with a hopeful message that deserves to reach a wide audience" -- Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud, Word Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International
Filled with breath-taking, high quality photographs, Forests of Hope: Stories of Regeneration takes the reader on a captivating journey as author-forester-photographer Christian Kuchli seeks out tales of hope for the world's forests in twelve different countries.
If forests are indeed the "roof of the world" as the Chipko people of the Himalayas maintain, then their global destruction is of great concern for us all. But there are reasons for optimism. While Forests of Hope clearly documents the many reasons for forest degradation, the author goes on to tell the amazing stories of communities which have practiced successful forest conservation and reforestation, thereby preserving the basis for their survival.
The book relates twelve astonishing stories, including Amazonia, where rubber tappers have blocked deforestation to create 'tree gardens'; China, whose northern people have planted a 'Great Green Wall' as a windbreak against erosion; the Black Forest of Germany, where a tradition of selective forestry and natural regeneration goes back hundreds of years; India's Chipko movement, and the man who planted 30,000 trees; the 'Women under the Acacia tree' of Kenya who raise trees to maintain soil fertility; Nepal's efforts to control erosion through reforestation; the model agroforestry projects on the slopes of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro; the success of 'social forestry' and the replanting ofteak in Thailand; and the million-tree reforestation of Los Angeles' basin by a small non-profit group called TreePeople.
Written in an engaging and accessible style, Forests of Hope shows that wherever conflicts over land use have been resolved to empower local communities, there is tremendous capacity for rebuilding the 'roof of the world.' It will appeal to a wide audience of general readers with an interest in nature and the peoples of the world, as well as being a fascinating sourcebook for planners, and for students of forestry, agriculture, and environment courses.