• Epiphyte restoration in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

    CCSD restoration ecologist and PARTNERS member Leighton Reid spent 10 days collaborating with scientists and students in the Tropical Silviculture Lab (LASTROP) at the University of São Paulo. Epiphytes were a central theme of the visit. Vascular epiphytes are plants that live non-parasitically on other plants. Readers from the tropics will be quite familiar with […]

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  • Mexican Experiences in the Restoration of Ecosystems

    Like so many countries, Mexico is caught up in the myth of perpetual economic growth and a development paradigm driven by consumerism. However, there are rays of hope and seeming awareness that this path has little prospect of sustainability. For example, Mexico has enthusiastically signed on to all the recent UN-sponsored Calls and Treaties wherein […]

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  • Landscape attributes determine restoration outcomes in the Ecuadorian Andes

    By Romaike S. Middendorp Landscape attributes can determine reforestation rates and, ultimately, the biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits of second-growth forests. Ecologists recognize the importance of landscape-scale variation, including distance to forest remnants, local forest cover, and heterogeneity of land cover, for reforestation. Policymakers increasingly develop plans for forest restoration at landscape scales. But the […]

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  • Combining ecology, traditional knowledge, and social needs in a framework for riparian forest restoration

    By Claire Salisbury and Danielle Celentano (Photo credit: Claudio Farias) A new project to design restoration strategies in riparian forests is being led by Brazilian researchers in collaboration with local communities. The researchers, from the Maranhão State University (UEMA) and Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA), have combined interviews with biodiversity surveys to develop a holistic plan […]

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  • A little-known big producer: Will forest policy reform in Peru support farm-forestry?

    By Robin R Sears Collectively, 20 farming households in a Peruvian Amazon village can easily produce 760 cubic meters of sawn lumber per year on their farms, or rather, agricultural fallows. That’s 18 tractor-trailer trucks filled with small-dimension lumber going from the Amazon region to the nation’s capital, Lima, primarily for use in pre-fabricated houses for […]

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  • Can farmers be forest custodians in the Amazon?

    By Aoife Bennett-Curry, CIFOR Agricultural activity and forest conservation have often had an antagonistic relationship and are usually discussed in terms of how the former damages the latter. Forest and development policy, and indeed society itself, often separates and divides the vast ‘wilderness’ of ‘primary’ forest and the indigenous communities that live within them, from […]

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  • What’s Missing from Joe Biden’s “Plan for Central America”?

    Central America’s local people and invaluable natural resources must be included in any sustainable plan for the future of this critical, beautiful region. By Devyn Powell, EcoLogic’s Communications Officer The EcoLogic team was excited to see the USA turn the spotlight on Central America with Vice President Joe Biden’s New York Times op-ed back in […]

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