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Forest Restoration in Landscapes

Forest Restoration in Landscapes

Stephanie Mansourian

Stephanie Mansourian Daniel Vallauri Consultant WWF France WWF International 6 Rue des Fabres Avenue Mont Blanc 13001 Marseille Gland 1196 France Switzerland Nigel Dudley Consultant Equilibrium 47 The Quays Cumberland Road BS1 6UQ United Kingdom © 1986 Panda symbol WWF ® WWF is a WWF Registered Trademark Cover Illustrations: Photo Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), tree seedling. Photo Credit: © WWF-Canon/Michael Gunther. Background photo: Mt. Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia, © Agri Klintuni Boedhihartono. Library of Congress Control Number: 2005927862 ISBN 0-387-25525-7 Printed on acid-free paper. ISBN-13: 978-0387-255855 © 2005 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. Cite as Mansourian, S.,Vallauri, D., Dudley, N., eds. (in cooperation with WWF International) 2005. Forest Restoration in Landscapes: Beyond Planting Trees, Springer, New York. All rights reserved. This work may not be translated or copied in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher (Springer Science+Business Media, Inc., 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA), except for brief excerpts in connection with reviews or scholarly analysis. Use in connection with any form of information storage and retrieval, electronic adaptation, computer software, or by similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed is forbidden. The use in this publication of trade names, trademarks, service marks, and similar terms, even if they are not identified as such, is not to be taken as an expression of opinion as to whether or not they are subject to proprietary rights. Printed in the United States of America. (BS/SBA) 987654321 SPIN 11377405 springeronline.com

Foreword Is it a sign of the times that last year the Nobel committee chose to award the Nobel Peace prize to Wangari Maathai for having planted 30 million trees? We believe so. We think that while in the 20th century conservation made significant progress on setting up a global protected area network, the 21st century will be a time of forest restoration.The fact that Wangari Maathai is the first African woman to receive such an honourable distinction is in itself a major accomplishment.What is even more remarkable is that, for the first time, this highly esteemed prize, which has long been associated with political feats, was given for an environmental achievement. And not just any environmental achievement, but forest restoration. It is a comfort to see that it is not just us at WWF, the global conservation organisation, who believe forest restoration to be of global significance, but that the Nobel committee is in agreement. The committee members are not the only ones, I should add. In 2003 WWF, IUCN, (the World Conservation Union), and the United Kingdom Forestry Commission launched a global partnership on forest landscape restoration to raise awareness about the importance of the restoration of forests and to invite all decision makers and influential organisations to join in a movement to restore forests. Today this partnership includes governments as diverse as Switzerland, Finland, El Salvador, and Italy, and international organisations such as the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO), and it continues to grow. Too much damage has already been done for us to afford to ignore our dwindling forest resources. If we wait until tomorrow to restore forests, it will be too late. If too little is left, it will take longer, will be more difficult, and will cost much more to begin restoring a healthy forest—and it may also be too late. At WWF we are aware of this urgency, and with this book we invite practitioners, researchers, and decision makers to join us in doing something practical about our forests. As the Nobel committee has noted, too many wars are fought over dwindling resources. If we do not do something about it, this may well be the new security scourge jeopardising our future and that of our children. Chief Emeka Anyaoku President, WWF International v

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