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Forest Landscape Restoration

Integrated Approaches to Support Effective Implementation, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephanie Mansourian, John Parrotta


266 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Forest landscape restoration (FLR) is a planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human wellbeing in deforested or degraded landscapes. The aim of this book is to explore options to better integrate the diverse dimensions - spatial, disciplinary, sectoral, and scientific - of implementing FLR.

It demonstrates the value of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to help implement FLR focusing specifically on four issues: understanding the drivers of forest loss and degradation in the context of interdisciplinary responses for FLR; learning from related integrated approaches; governance issues related to FLR as an integrated process; and the management, creation and use of different sources of knowledge in FLR implementation. The emphasis is on recognising the need to take human and institutional factors into consideration, as well as the more obvious biophysical factors. A key aim is to advance and accelerate the practice of FLR, given its importance, particularly in a world facing increasing environmental challenges, notably from climate change.

The first section of the book presents the issue from an analytical and problem-orientated viewpoint, while later sections focus on solutions. It will interest researchers and professionals in forestry, ecology, geography, environmental governance and landscape studies.


"By highlighting the complexity surrounding the FLR process, this volume makes a compelling case for a more multidisciplinary approach to large scale landscape reforestation. Therefore, it is highly recommended reading for foresters, ecologists, and conservation biologists. Acknowledging and dealing with these complexities may perhaps slow down the FLR process in the short term, but may enhance successful forest restoration in the longer term. This is of utmost importance if we want to counter global warming." - Olivier Honnay, The Quartertly Review of Biology (June 2019)

Table of Contents

Part I: Why Integration Matters

1. The Need for Integrated Approaches to Forest Landscape Restoration

Stephanie Mansourian and John Parrotta

2. Integration for Restoration: Reflecting on Lessons Learned from Past Silo Strongholds

Rachel Carmenta and Bhaskar Vira

3. Considering Diverse Knowledge Systems in Forest Landscape Restoration

Frank K. Lake, Christian Giardina, John Parrotta and Iain Davidson-Hunt

4. Power, Inequality and Rights: A Political Ecology of Forest Restoration

Nitin D. Rai, Suhas Bhasme and Poorna Balaji

Part II: Approaches, Systems and Processes

5. Social-Ecological Systems and Forest Landscape Restoration

Anastasia Yang, Imogen Bellwood-Howard and Melvin Lippe

6. Integrated Landscape Approaches to Forest Restoration

Jeffrey Sayer and Agni Boedhihartono

7. Forest Landscape Restoration and Land Sparing-Sharing: Shifting the Debate towards Nature’s Contribution to People

Agnieszka Latawiec, Juliana Silveira dos Santos, Veronica Maioli, André B. Junqueira, Renato Crouzeilles, Catarina Jakovac, Fernanda Tubenchlak and Bernardo Strassburg

8. Linking forest conservation and food security through agroecology: insights for Forest Landscape Restoration

Kristina van Dexter and Ingrid Visseren-Hamakers

Part III: Integrated Decision-Making in Forest Landscape Restoration

9. Stakeholders and Forest Landscape Restoration: Who decides what to restore, why and where?

Stephanie Mansourian

10. Tenure, Property Rights and Forest Landscape Restoration

Wil de Jong, Marieke van der Zon, Andrea Flores Urushima, Yeo-Chang Youn, Jinlong Liu and Ning Li

11. Polycentric Governance and Forest Landscape Restoration: Considering Local Needs, Knowledge Types, and Democratic Principles

R. Patrick Bixler, Theresa Jedd and Carina Wyborn

12.Integration of Traditional and Western Knowledge in Forest Landscape Restoration

Frank K. Lake, John Parrotta, Christian Giardina, Iain Davidson-Hunt and Yadav Uprety

Part IV: Synthesis and Conclusions

13. Putting the Pieces Together: Integration for Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation

John Parrotta and Stephanie Mansourian

About the Editors

Stephanie Mansourian is an environmental consultant with a special interest in the restoration of forested landscapes and governance challenges related to large scale forest restoration. For five years she managed WWF International’s forest landscape restoration programme. As a consultant since 2004, she has been involved in a range of international environmental work including studying lessons from past FLR work, analysis of the SDGs, assessing governance challenges of FLR, as well as broader environmental project development and evaluation work. She has a PhD in Geography from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she is also a research associate.

John Parrotta is the national programme leader for international science issues with the USDA Forest Service’s Research & Development branch, and currently serves as a vice-president of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). His research experience and publications include work related to tropical forest ecology, silviculture, forest restoration, and traditional forest-related knowledge. He is a coordinating lead author of the 2018 Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) thematic assessment report on land degradation and restoration.

About the Series

The Earthscan Forest Library

The Earthscan Forest Library

This series brings together a wide collection of volumes addressing diverse aspects of forests and forestry and draws on a range of disciplinary perspectives. Titles cover the full range of forest science and include the biology, ecology, biodiversity, restoration, management (including silviculture and timber production), geography and environment (including climate change), socio-economics, anthropology, policy, law and governance. The series aims to demonstrate the important role of forests in nature, peoples’ livelihoods and in contributing to broader sustainable development goals. It is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, policy-makers and concerned members of civil society. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Forests & Rainforests
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry