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Reforestation and Regrowth in the Human Dominated Landscapes of South Asia

Literature: Books or Book Chapters

Nagendra, H. 2010, "Reforestation and Regrowth in the Human Dominated Landscapes of South Asia" in Reforesting Landscapes, ed. J. Southworth, Springer Netherlands, pp. 149-174.

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Corresponding Author:


  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA 
  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore, India


Reforesting Landscapes

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  • This research evaluates the drivers of reforestation and regrowth in South Asia using case studies an a meta-analysis of 24 papers.
  • The dominant pathway of reforestation appears to be the protection of degraded forests, encouraging regrowth through planting of trees.
  • The reasoning behind this pathway is increased conservation awareness; scarcity of forest products; and government transfer of forest management operations to communities.
  • Some of these forest improvements were from plantings and some fro natural regeneration.
  • Overall, however, the natural regeneration pathway appears to be less common.
  • Agroforestry appears to play a strong role as farmers self-initiated planting to decrease their local scarcity of wood resources.
  • The authors assert that the forests that generate as a result of community and social forestry is much more diverse in type (plantation, natural regeneration, agroforestry) than given credit for.

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