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Restoring Forest Landscapes in the Face of Climate Change

Literature: Books or Book Chapters

Biringer, J. & Hansen, L. 2005, "Restoring Forest Landscapes in the Face of Climate Change" in Forest Restoration in Landscapes: Beyond Planting Trees, eds. S. Mansourian, D. Vallauri & N. Dudley, (in cooperation with WWF international) Springer, New York, pp. 31-37.

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  • WWF International

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Forest Restoration In Landscapes

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  • In this article, the authors express that restoration has an important role as an adaptive management strategy in light of the negative impacts on people and biodiversity happening and projected to increase with climate change.
  • Although forests can store carbon, the authors suggest that forest restoration is not a foolproof strategy for CO2 mitigation.
  • For example, increased incidence of forest fires may counteract the benefit of establishing forests.
  • Along with mitigation goals authors recommend reforesting to buffer against the negative impacts of climate change "on-the-ground" and maintain healthy ecosystem functioning.
  • They use the field of mangrove restoration to highlight how restoration can be used as a tool to increase resistance and resilience to climate change.
  • Furthermore, the authors recommend continued analysis on the vulnerability of systems to damage with climate change to target restoration projects to the most needed areas.
  • They suggest choosing areas that reduce fragmentation and provide connectivity in order to reduce the edge effects that can threaten microclimate and stability of habitats.
  • They also suggest the maintenance of genetic diversity and ecosystem health in restoration programs.
  • By addressing the ability of forest restoration to improve adaptation to climate change, and not only the mitigation through carbon sequestration, the authors assert that management strategies will be more beneficial to a wide variety of people and organisms.

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