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Forest Landscape Restoration

Integrating Natural and Social Sciences

Series: World Forests, Vol. 15

Stanturf, John, Lamb, David, Madsen, Palle (Eds.)

2012, VI, 330 p.

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  • A more integrated view of the topic than existing titles, combining social and ecological aspects
  • Comprehensive
  • Emphasis on landscape scale
  • Balanced international perspectives and examples, including developing nations and tropics
  • Chapter contributions by respected researchers
  • ‘New’ agenda for restoration (landscape focus, restoration of function) will have strong appeal to those with a utilitarian philosophy

Restoration ecology, as a scientific discipline, developed from practitioners’ efforts to restore degraded land, with interest also coming from applied ecologists attracted by the potential for restoration projects to apply and/or test developing theories on ecosystem development. Since then, forest landscape restoration (FLR) has emerged as a practical approach to forest restoration particularly in developing countries, where an approach which is both large-scale and focuses on meeting human needs is required.

Yet despite increased investigation into both the biological and social aspects of FLR, there has so far been little success in systematically integrating these two complementary strands. Bringing experts in landscape studies, natural resource management and forest restoration, together with those experienced in conflict management, environmental economics and urban studies, this book bridges that gap to define the nature and potential of FLR as a truly multidisciplinary approach to a global environmental problem.

The book will provide a valuable reference to graduate students and researchers interested in ecological restoration, forest ecology and management, as well as to professionals in environmental restoration, natural resource management, conservation, and environmental policy.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Environmental policy - Forest restoration - Landscape modelling - Multidisciplinary natural resource management - Watershed management

Related subjects » Ecology - Environmental Management - Forestry - Social Sciences - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

I. Introduction.- 1. What is Forest Landscape Restoration?.- 2. What Can Landscape Ecology Contribute to Forest Landscape Restoration?.- 3. Landscape Management.- 4. Hydrologic Connectivity of Landscapes and Implications for Forest Restoration.- 5. Connecting Landscape Fragments Through Riparian Zones.- 6. Understanding Landscapes through Spatial Modeling.- III. Social Science Perspectives.- 7. Forest Landscape Restoration Decision-Making and Conflict Management: Applying Discourse-Based Approaches.- 8. Alternative Approaches to Urban Natural Areas Restoration: Integrating Social and Ecological Goals.- 9. Urban Forest Landscape Restoration - Applying Forest Development Types in Design and Planning.- 10 Watershed-Scale Adaptive Management: A Social Science Perspective.- 11. The Economics of Restoration.- 12, Wild Ennerdale: A Cultural Landscape.- IV. Integrated Perspectives.- 13. The Role of Forest Landscape Restoration in Supporting a Transition Towards More Sustainable Coastal Development.- 14. Broad-Scale Restoration of Landscape Function With Timber, Carbon and Water Investment.- 15. Challenging a Paradigm: Toward Integrating Indigenous Species into Tropical Plantation Forestry.- 16. Forest Landscape Restoration: Restoring What and for Whom?.

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