Beyond Deforestation: Restoring Forests and Ecosystem Services on Degraded Lands

@article{Chazdon2008BeyondDR,
  title={Beyond Deforestation: Restoring Forests and Ecosystem Services on Degraded Lands},
  author={Robin L. Chazdon},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={320},
  pages={1458 - 1460}
}
  • R. Chazdon
  • Published 13 June 2008
  • Environmental Science, Medicine
  • Science
Despite continued forest conversion and degradation, forest cover is increasing in countries across the globe. New forests are regenerating on former agricultural land, and forest plantations are being established for commercial and restoration purposes. Plantations and restored forests can improve ecosystem services and enhance biodiversity conservation, but will not match the composition and structure of the original forest cover. Approaches to restoring forest ecosystems depend strongly on… Expand
Ecosystem services from forest restoration: thinking ahead
Global deforestation and forest degradation have led to massive loss of biodiversity and decline of ecosystem services. Against this prospect, it is important not only to protect, but also to restoreExpand
Biodiversity and ecosystem services: lessons from nature to improve management of planted forests for REDD-plus
Planted forests are increasingly contributing wood products and other ecosystem services at a global scale. These forests will be even more important as carbon markets develop and REDD-plus forestExpand
Forest restoration on degraded lands in Laos
Deforestation and land-use change have been, and still are, major threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services in the tropics, and forest areas are being lost at high rates in many countries inExpand
Natural regeneration in the context of large‐scale forest and landscape restoration in the tropics
Large-scale and long-term restoration efforts are urgently needed to reverse historical global trends of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics. Restoration of forests within landscapesExpand
An ecological framework applied to a forest restoration program on badlands in Sierra de Ávila (Central Spain)
TLDR
Although full recovery the previously existing oak forest is still a longer-term goal, the short-term establishment of a pine forest has helped to restore ecosystem function and to mitigate serious erosion problems. Expand
Restoring forests: regeneration and ecosystem function for the future
AbstractConventions and policies for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation state the need for increased protection, restoration and climate change adaptation of forests. MuchExpand
Restoring working forests in human dominated landscapes of tropical South Asia: An introduction
The resource issues around restoring human dominated landscapes in tropical South Asia are complex and can be divided into topics concerning forest fragmentation and restoration. Issues that focus onExpand
Natural forest regeneration and ecological restoration in human‐modified tropical landscapes
In human-modified tropical landscapes (HMLs) the conservation of biodiversity, functions and services of forest ecosystems depends on persistence of old growth forest remnants, forest regeneration inExpand
Impacts of forest and land management on biodiversity and carbon
Changes in the management of forest and non-forest land can contribute significantly to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Such changes can include both forest managementExpand
Evaluating forest restoration strategies after herbivore overbrowsing
Abstract The continued degradation of forests due to natural and anthropogenic disturbance has led to loss of ecosystem function, biodiversity change and in extreme cases, the extinction of endemicExpand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 29 REFERENCES
Restoration of Degraded Tropical Forest Landscapes
The current scale of deforestation in tropical regions and the large areas of degraded lands now present underscore the urgent need for interventions to restore biodiversity, ecological functioning,Expand
Forest restoration in landscapes : beyond planting trees
Forest landscape restoration in context.- Overview of forest restoration strategies and terms.- Impact of forest loss and degeneration on biodiversity.- The impacts of degradation and forest loss onExpand
Tropical forest recovery: legacies of human impact and natural disturbances
TLDR
Despite evidence of rapid forest recovery following large-scale deforestation, many degraded areas of today’s tropics will require human assistance to recover forest structure, species composition, and species interactions typical of mature tropical forests. Expand
What's new about old fields? Land abandonment and ecosystem assembly.
TLDR
The interaction of the cultivation legacy with inherent soil and vegetation characteristics will determine the dynamics of plant community assembly on old fields and indicate the level of effort required to restore historical vegetation states. Expand
Does Restoration Enhance Regeneration of Seasonal Deciduous Forests in Pastures in Central Brazil
TLDR
The results suggest that early succession of seasonal deciduous forest in pastures in the region studied does not need to be stimulated once the perturbation is stopped and that intensive restoration efforts may actually slow recovery. Expand
Quantifying the biodiversity value of tropical primary, secondary, and plantation forests
TLDR
The results show that, whereas the biodiversity indicator group concept may hold some validity for several taxa that are frequently sampled, it fails for those exhibiting highly idiosyncratic responses to tropical land-use change, highlighting the problems associated with quantifying the biodiversity value of anthropogenic habitats. Expand
Fauna conservation in Australian plantation forests-a review
A review of the value for fauna of conifer and eucalypt plantations in Australia is presented. Five key reasons highlight a need for wildlife conservation as part of plantation management. These are:Expand
Ecological Impacts of Deer Overabundance
TLDR
Given the influence of deer on other organisms and natural processes, ecologists should actively participate in efforts to understand, monitor, and reduce the impact of deer in natural ecosystems. Expand
People in the forest: community forestry experiences from Southeast Asia
This paper documents experiences of community forest management in five Southeast Asian nations. It briefly describes the historical and political context that frames contemporary forest sectorExpand
Old Fields: Dynamics and Restoration of Abandoned Farmland
Land abandonment is increasing as human impacts on the globe intensify and various ecological, social, and economic factors conspire to halt agricultural processes and other forms of land management.Expand
...
1
2
3
...