Forest Landscape Restoration

Bringing back the forests

Forest landscape restoration and reforestation activities bring back to life degraded (e.g. forest fires) or clear-cut areas (e.g. deforestation, extractive activities). Through careful planning, forest restoration activities can provide people with environmental services, and species with new habitat, in formerly bare areas.

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Conservation Easment, Catskill Delawere watershed. New York State. Without the protection of surrounding forests, watershed would no longer exists and water would become scarce in New York City. For many cities time is running out. Protecting water catchment areas is no longer a luxury but a necessit
© Tanya Petersen WWF-Canon
Forest Landscape Restoration helps to:

...restore environmental functions such as:
  • preserving watersheds thereby improving water quality and quantity
  • improving and/or expanding habitats for endangered species
  • soil stabilisation
...restore benefits for people by:
  • providing products for food, medicines and raw materials, as well as stable sources of income (e.g.: fruit, nuts, rubber, rattan, etc.)
  • reducing the risk of landslides
  • providing recreation areas
...reduce the vulnerability of forests and biodiversity to threats such as climate change, pests/disease and forest fires

...address root causes of forest loss and degradation by:
  • consulting and involving local people
  • changing policies related to land use
  • replacing harmful incentives with more positive ones
Forest Landscape Restoration also involves a package of solutions, such as:
  • natural regeneration, enrichment planting, selective logging, re-introduction of native species, fencing, and agroforestry
  • planning with key stakeholders to identify solutions and training local communities
  • building capacity and recognising traditional values and knowledge

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