Restoration of Forest Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Rural Development in the Drylands of Latin America (ReForLan)

Project ReForLan aims to identify and promote approaches for the sustainable management of dryland forest ecosystems, by researching ecosystem restoration techniques using native species of economic value. The project directly addresses managing arid and semi-arid ecosystems, by undertaking a programme of multi-disciplinary research analyzing how restoration of degraded lands can be achieved in a way that mitigates the effects of unsustainable land use practices, contributes to conservation of biodiversity and supports the development of rural livelihoods according to the ecosystem approach. ReForLan focuses on achieving a strong link between technological, management and policy research.

The main project aims are to:

  • 1. Identify opportunities for enhanced economic productivity and limits to sustainable production, with a particular focus on identifying incentives for supporting dryland forest restoration by local communities;
  • 2. Analyse the natural resource use systems at local, regional and international levels through an integrated approach, by developing a comparative programme of research in seven study areas distributed in dryland areas of Mexico, Chile and Argentina;
  • 3. Use the information gathered using participatory techniques to inform the planning and implementing of sustainable management strategies for dryland forest resources;
  • 4. Develop appropriate decision-support tools, including information systems, criteria and indicators of sustainability and rehabilitation, together with case studies of practical restoration trials, to support dryland ecosystem management and policies,
  • 5. Disseminate the results through scientific publications, research reports and internet resources; strengthening the research capacity of partner organizations both in Europe and Latin America; and providing training and educational resources.
This project has received research funding from the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), contract number 032132. The views presented do not necessarily represent the opinion of the European Community, and the Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein..
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