The forest landscape restoration handbook

BC-2007-004edited by Jennifer Rietbergen-McCracken, Stewart Maginnis & Alastair Sarre

Shelfmark: CP/ER/005

This book is part of the Earthscan Forest Library series and “targets field-level forest managers working in degraded forests and forest lands”. It contains a series of chapters contributed by a team of experts coordinated by IUCN and the ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization). The handbook presents what, at the time of publication (2007), was the latest thinking on the emerging topic of forest landscape restoration.


Forest loss and degradation have caused a decline in the quality of ecosystem services around the world. But fixing the problem takes more than just planting trees; practitioners increasingly realize that a landscape approach is essential. This handbook, authored and edited by international authorities in the field of forestry, is the first practical guide to using forest landscape restoration (FLR) to repair the damage done to forest lands by poor land management practice. Using research backed by respected institutions such as ITTO and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), it explains how to increase the resilience of landscapes and the communities they support through FLR.

The main aim of FLR is not to re-establish pristine forest, even if this were possible; rather, the objective is to make landscapes more resilient and thereby keep future management options open. It also aims to support communities as they strive to increase and sustain the benefits they derive from land management. This book explains the concept of FLR and guides the reader through the steps that must be taken to put it into practice. It is an indispensable aid for practitioners in all aspects of forestry and natural resource management.


Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – What is FLR and how does it differ from current approaches?

Chapter 3 – Building support for FLR

Chapter 4 – Applying an adaptive management approach in FLR

Chapter 5 – Understanding the landscape mosaic

Chapter 6 – Understanding forest landscape dynamics

Chapter 7 – Applying a stakeholder approach to FLR

Chapter 8 – Identifying site-level options

Chapter 9 – Site-level restoration strategies for degraded primary forest

Chapter 10 – Site-level strategies for managing secondary forests

Chapter 11 – Site-level rehabilitation strategies for degraded forest lands

Chapter 12 – Site-level strategies for restoring forest functions on agricultural land

Chapter 13 – Scenario modelling to optimize outcomes

Chapter 14 – Monitoring and evaluating site-level impacts

Chapter 15 – Getting started

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