• Cool insights for a hot world: trees and forests recycle water

    This article was originally published by Daisy Ouya, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Anyone who has walked outside on a sunny day knows that forests and trees matter for temperature, humidity and wind speed. Planting trees speaks to concerns about climate change — but the directly important aspects of the tree-climate relationships have so far been overlooked […]

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  • How (and why) to write a blog post about your new paper

    By Trevor Caughlin Congratulations! You have just published a new academic paper. After many months of writing, analysis, and revision your paper is finally up on the journal’s website. In a publishing landscape that is increasingly crowded with new articles, how can you ensure that your paper will have an impact? This question is particularly […]

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  • Natural regeneration for sustainable development

    By Alvaro Silva Iribarrem, researcher in the IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program.   Restoration of degraded ecosystems is an exciting and relatively new way of looking into the conservation of natural capital—the world’s natural assets, including soil, air, water, and all living things. For one, the success of restoration is more readily verifiable than, for […]

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  • Tree islands for tropical forest restoration: the outlook is rosy after 10 years

    By Karen Holl, Leighton Reid, and Zak Zahawi Over the past few years there have been a growing number of commitments at the global, national and regional scale to restore forests because of their importance to conserve biodiversity, sequester carbon, reduce erosion, and provide goods and services to people. For example, Initiative 20×20, led by […]

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  • Working with nature: tropical forest regrowth and its potential for mitigating climate change

    By Madelon Lohbeck The Bonn challenge aims to restore 350 million hectares of degraded land by 2030 of which currently almost 100 million hectares has been committed through various initiatives. Restoration is a global priority; not only to restore the productivity of degraded and unproductive land, but also because promoting tree cover will increase carbon […]

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  • The Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism

    by Douglas McGuire, Christophe Besacier, and Cesar Sabogal More than 2 billion hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded landscapes have potential for Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR). Deforestation and landscape degradation are worldwide problems. Continued landscape degradation poses serious obstacles to eliminating poverty and hunger, maintaining biodiversity, and to the ability of farmers and […]

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  • Ants love second-growth forests!

    By Ricardo Solar That rates of forest loss in the tropics are alarming is no novelty. Several human activities, including selective logging, cattle ranching, and agriculture, have led to widespread fragmentation, deforestation and forest degradation. Thus, tropical forests are embedded in a complex mosaic of several human land-use systems. These losses are proceeding despite the […]

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  • Biodiversity plantings speed up forest recovery in Australian rainforests

    By T. Trevor Caughlin, Literature Coordinator A fundamental choice for tropical reforestation projects is whether to plant trees or rely on natural regeneration to restore tree cover and other ecological properties. Both methods have costs; natural regeneration can be slow and unpredictable, while tree planting can be considerably more expensive and labor-intensive. As the demand […]

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  • Complex interactions between socioeconomic, institutional and biophysical drivers determine restoration project success in the Philippines

    By T. Trevor Caughlin, Literature Coordinator The success of tropical forest restoration projects depends on many interrelated factors, ranging from institutional support to local participation to appropriate tree species selection. Project coordination that accounts for all these complex factors is difficult, so it is perhaps not surprising that many publicly-funded tropical forest restoration projects fail. […]

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  • Rainforest-dependent bird recovery in forest restoration sites in North Queensland, Australia may require several decades

    By T. Trevor Caughlin, Literature Coordinator Recovery of animal populations, particularly visible and charismatic species, is often listed as a public benefit of habitat restoration. However, our knowledge of how tropical forest restoration promotes wildlife is hampered by a lack of long-term data. A new paper, by Amanda Freeman and co-authored by PARTNERS member Carla […]

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