• Remote sensing reveals significant forest regrowth amidst net deforestation in African dry tropical forests

    By Marc Mayes African dry tropical forests are critical for biogeochemical cycles, water conservation and provide natural resources for over 100 million people who directly depend on these forests for their livelihoods. The region is a hotspot for land use change, with one of the highest global deforestation rates, yet

  • Duck-rice, honey bees and mandarins

    Written by Kathleen Buckingham. When asked to name a restoration project in China, the likelihood is that the Loess Plateau will come to mind. The hilly, semi-arid region in north-central China is roughly the size of Afghanistan. Thousands of years of farming, which intensified during the Cultural Revolution, left the former grasslands

  • Can participatory mapping accurately classify tropical secondary forest?

    By T. Trevor Caughlin, Publications Editor. Vergara-Asenjo, G., D. Sharma, and C. Potvin. In press. Engaging Stakeholders: Assessing Accuracy of Participatory Mapping of Land Cover in Panama. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12161. Large-scale forest management, including REDD+ and the Bonn Challenge, will require accurate maps of land cover. In many tropical landscapes,

  • Smart reforestation must go beyond carbon: expert

    By Catriona Moss, CIFOR Keeping carbon stored in trees. That’s one major way of tackling climate change. Natural regeneration, replanting, native tree plantations, commercial plantations and agro forestry systems have all be used as part of reforestation efforts. But a new study has found we can do better by ensuring

  • New research on secondary forest resilience in the Brazilian Amazon

    Secondary forest regrowth in a Brazilian cassava field. Photo credit: Catarina Jakovac Jakovac, C. C., M. Peña-Claros, T. W. Kuyper, and F. Bongers. 2015. Loss of secondary-forest resilience by land-use intensification in the Amazon. Journal of Ecology 103:67–77. By T. Trevor Caughlin, Publications Editor Resilience, the capacity to retain function

  • ELTI’s field courses link applied ecology and land use decision makers

    By Jacob L. Slusser, Panama Coordinator, ELTI Neotropics Training Program Photo credit: ELTI To address the gap between restoration experts and practitioners, the Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI)1 has been providing environmental training courses since 2006 for people who manage or influence human dominated landscapes in Asia and the

  • Tree islands and plantations enhance seed dispersal during forest restoration

    Reid, J. L., K. D. Holl, and R. A. Zahawi. 2015. Seed dispersal limitations shift over time in tropical forest restoration. Ecological Applications 25:1072–1082. by Trevor Caughlin, Publications Editor photo courtesy of Karen Holl Succession can transform a pasture dominated by grasses and weeds to a second-growth forest with a

  • Creating space for large-scale restoration in tropical agricultural landscapes

    Latawiec, A. E., B. B. Strassburg, P. H. Brancalion, R. R. Rodrigues, and T. Gardner. 2015. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13:211–218. By Trevor Caughlin, Publications Editor Large-scale restoration projects carry a risk of displacing intensive land use to nearby areas. Latawiec et al. address whether spatial planning could help

  • Restoring forests on cleared land in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, Australia

    By Kerryn O’Conor and Carla Catterall Introduction Restoring forests on cleared lands is a global conservation priority, particularly in tropical regions where extensive deforestation persists. Restoration can be achieved in a variety of ways, from planting trees to allowing forest to regrow naturally, and each method has inherent pros and cons.

  • Advancing the role of natural regeneration in large-scale forest restoration

    By Robin Chazdon, PARTNERS Director The global restoration movement is rapidly galvanizing widespread support from multiple sectors of society. As discussed in a recent blog by Peter Bresseau, the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration is leading the way to move forward with national and subnational assessments of cost-effective