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New Journal Paper: Approaches to Restoring Degraded Forests under REDD+

3 December 2010

In the week which started with a new round of intergovernmental talks about climate change ( UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun
COP 16 / CMP 6, 29 November to 10 December 2010; see, a new paper has been published about biodiversity and forest restoration under the anticipated REDD+, details below:

Title:  Approaches to Classifying and Restoring Degraded Tropical Forests for the Anticipated REDD+ Climate Change Mitigation Mechanism
Inclusion of improved forest management as a way to enhance carbon sinks in the Copenhagen Accord of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (December 2009) suggests that forest restoration will play a role in global climate change mitigation under the post-Kyoto agreement. Although discussions about restoration strategies often pertain solely to severely degraded tropical forests and invoke only the enrichment planting option, different approaches to restoration are needed to counter the full range of degrees of degradation. We propose approaches for restoration of forests that range from being slightly to severely degraded. Our methods start with ceasing  the causes of degradation and letting forests regenerate on their own, progress through active management of  natural regeneration in degraded areas  to accelerate tree regeneration and growth, and finally include the stage of degradation at which re-planting is necessary. We argue that when the appropriate techniques are employed, forest restoration is cost-effective relative to conventional planting, provides abundant social and ecological co-benefits, and results in the sequestration of substantial amounts of carbon. For forest restoration efforts to succeed, a supportive post-Kyoto agreement is needed as well as appropriate national policies, institutional arrangements, and local participation.
Citation: Sasaki N, Asner GP, Knorr W, Durst PB, Priyadi H & Putz FE (2010) Approaches to Classifying and Restoring Degraded Tropical Forests for the Anticipated REDD+ Climate Change Mitigation Mechanism. iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry (in press).

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