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Agro-Successional Restoration as a Strategy to Facilitate Tropical Forest Recovery

Literature: Journal Articles

Vieira, D. L., Holl, K. D., & Peneireiro, F. M. (2009). Agro‐Successional Restoration as a Strategy to Facilitate Tropical Forest Recovery. Restoration Ecology, 17(4), 451-459.

Contact Info

K. D. Holl, email

4 Mutirao Agroflorestal, Condomınio Village da Alvorada I, rua B, casa 16, Lago Sul, Brasılia, DF 71680-351, Brazil


Embrapa Tabuleiros Costeiros, Av. Beira Mar, 3250 Jardins, Aracaju, SE

49025-040, Brazil

Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, U.S.A.


doi: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2009.00570.x 

Species Info

bananas (Musa spp.), cassava (Manihot esculenta); cacao (Theobroma bicolor), papaya (Carica papaya), citrus trees (Citrus spp.), palm heart (Bactris gasipaes), pineapple (Ananas comosus)


  • Authors propose that agro-successional restoration (defined as incorporating a range of agroecology and agroforestry techniques as a transitional phase early in forest restoration) can be used more widely to overcome socioeconomic and ecological obstacles to restoring land.
  • The authors explore the idea that a range of agroforestry systems could be used as a transitional phase in restoration that simultaneously helps provide for human livelihoods, reduces the initial costs of restoration, and extends the time period of management of restoration, and may serve to connect farmers to restoration activities.
  • Authors review the “typical” forest restoration model two general agroforestry models that are compatible with restoration. They also  highlight the ecological and socioeconomic benefits of combining these approaches in agro-successional restoration. 


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