Forest landscape restoration under global environmental change: Challenges and a future roadmap

Florent Noulèkoun, Sylvanus Mensah, Emiru Birhane, Yowhan Son, Asia Khamzina

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Abstract

The adverse impacts of ecosystem degradation have raised the need for forest landscape restoration (FLR) to be included in international sustainability agendas. However, the path towards successful FLR implementation faces numerous biophysical, socioeconomic and governance challenges because FLR operates within complex socioecological systems. In the present study, we review and discuss FLR challenges in the context of global environmental change. We propose a roadmap consisting of five interlinked steps to overcome these challenges: (1) advancing ecological knowledge supporting FLR, (2) adapting FLR management to environmental change through strengthening globally distributed experimental networks, (3) implementing modelling approaches, (4) improving socioeconomic and governance dimensions, and (5) developing evidence-based knowledge platforms. The roadmap offers an iterative and adaptive framework for the continuous evaluation and improvement of FLR strategies and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number276
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalForests
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar

Keywords

  • Environmental change
  • Evidence-based platform
  • Functional restoration
  • Participatory monitoring
  • Silvicultural management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry

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