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Regreening the Bare Hills- Tropical Forest Restoration in the Asia-Pacific Region (Overview)

Literature: Books or Book Chapters

Lamb, D. 2011, Regreening the Bare Hills. Tropical forest restoration in the Asia-Pacific Region. Series: World Forests, Vol. 8, Springer.

Contact Info

Corresponding Author: david.lamb@uq.edu.au

Affiliations

  • Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia

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Description

  • In this book, the author addresses many different concepts and techniques for reforestation in the deforested areas of the Asia-Pacific Region. 
  • The first two chapters deal with the drivers of deforestation and provide case studies that highlight agricultural, logging, settlement, and other causes of deforestation in specific instances.
  • The following chapters address the advantages, disadvantages, important techniques, and other considerations for the following reforestation methods:
  • Natural Regeneration and Accelerated Successional Development: instead of tree plantings in an industrial model, there are situations in which natural and assisted natural regeneration can more affordably promote watershed health, habitat protection, and other benefits.
  • Monocultural Plantings: especially in large expanses of grassland and heavily degraded soil conditions, tree planting can jumpstart reforestation while producing goods such as timber and other forest products.
  • Mixed-Species Plantings: polycultures can be used in cases, like monoculture, when degraded land must be replanted. The diversity of trees planted can offer functional advantages, increase the efficiency of resource use, and reduce nutrient losses. 
  • Ecological Restoration: using mixed, native species as well as focusing on the composition and structure of the natural ecosystem can help restore a forest in a way that incorporates many of the natural processes of a regenerating ecosystem.
  • The final chapters address important issues for plantation financing, special considerations for reforestation with farmers, and landscape-level reforestation. 
  • At the end of the book, the author sheds light on three different scenarios possible for curbing deforestation and increasing reforestation success. To reach the most optimistic scenario, the author recommends that the quality of new forests are increased, that research and decision-making determine where reforestation where reforestation (and which types in which circumstances) should be made a priority, the dependency on imported technologies be reduced, and finally that standards of governance that constrain degradation and encourage reforestation become improved and more collaborative. 

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