Holistic Vision

Effective and Long-lasting Tropical Reforestation Requires Holistic Vision and Innovations that Incorporate Social and Ecological Systems

Holistic vision that incorporates social and ecological components of the landscape and the connections between them is essential for effective and long-lasting restoration. There is a clear need for interdisciplinary, systems thinking in restoration. But the field of restoration has yet to adopt this approach broadly in theory or practice.

Holistic vision is especially important for developing innovative approaches and new frameworks that incorporate social and environmental dimensions, including integrating restoration into markets, policies, and regulation structures; using new technologies in a constructive manner; and prioritizing when and where restoration should occur. Holistic vision also means creating a meaningful, constructive and sustained dialog among those working in different spheres of restoration – practitioners, researchers, and policy makers – to understand the constraints and opportunities of each sector and situation.