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Forest Restoration in Landscapes

Forest Restoration in Landscapes

Preface For WWF, the

Preface For WWF, the global conservation organisation, achieving lasting forest conservation requires working on a large scale and integrating global strategies and policies to protect, manage, and restore forests. In an ideal world, restoration would not be necessary; however, today many forest habitats are already so damaged that their longterm survival, and the ecological services they provide, are in doubt and we urgently need to consider restoration if we are to achieve conservation and sustain the livelihoods of people dependent on nature. Forest conservation strategies that rely solely on protected areas and sustainable management have proved insufficient either to secure biodiversity or to stabilise the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme now classifies a large proportion of the world’s land surface as “degraded,” and this degradation is creating a wide range of ecological, social, and economic problems. Forest loss and degradation is a particularly important element in this worldwide problem with annual global estimates of forest loss being as high as 16 million hectares, and those for degradation even higher. Reversing this damage is one of the largest and most complex challenges of the 21st century. An analysis of the WWF Global 200 ecoregions—those areas of greatest importance for biodiversity on a global scale—demonstrates the problems. For example, over 20 percent of forest ecoregions have already lost at least 85 percent of their forests:sometimes only 1 to 2 percent remains. Deforestation is a key threat to water quality in 59 percent of freshwater ecoregions. Many of the charismatic species that are flagships for conservation (African elephant, Asian elephant, great apes, rhinoceros, giant panda, and tiger) are threatened by forest loss, fragmentation, and degradation. Forest loss is not only of concern to conservationists. According to the World Bank about 1 billion people in the developing world depend either directly or indirectly on goods and services from the forests, and these provide an essential safety net to many of the world’s poorest people. vii

viii Preface WWF’s mission is to stop degradation on our planet and to achieve a world where humans and nature live in harmony together. Decades of overexploitation have brought us to a world characterised by imbalance: imbalance between rich and poor, imbalance between supply of natural resources and demand for natural resources, imbalance between biodiversity needs and human needs.WWF’s approach to forest restoration, in the context of ecoregion conservation, seeks to redress these imbalances in order to restore healthy landscapes that are able to benefit both biodiversity and people. This book harnesses the expertise of over 70 authors drawing on a wealth of practical experience and a wide range of expertise. It is practical, hands on, and illustrated with numerous examples from across the world. The aim is to synthesise in an easily accessible format the knowledge and expertise that exists and also to highlight areas that need further work.We are hoping to encourage field staff—ours and those of other organisations interested in conservation and development—who are out there dealing with the impacts of forest loss and degradation, to apply landscape-scale forest restoration as an approach to help them meet their conservation goals and our conservation goals. Dr. Chris Hails Programme Director, WWF International

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