Schedule: May 2002
- March 2006
Official Development Assistance, Government of Japan
forest rehabilitation initiatives - Lessons from the past
Intensive exploitation and related disturbances have depleted
large areas of forests in the tropics in the last decades, and resulted
in large and expanding areas of degraded forest ecosystems. In the
past two decades national to international to private agencies have
invested in numerous forest rehabilitation projects in the tropics.
The projects have differed in scale, objectives, implementation
strategies, duration, and in how much they considered socio-economic
and institutional aspects, which are essential for successful rehabilitation.
It is critical to draw strategic lessons from past experiences and
use them to plan and guide future efforts, considering many new
projects with substantial resource investments are in the offing
throughout the region. CIFOR and national partners will synthesize,
review, derive, and disseminate lessons from past and ongoing rehabilitation
projects and research within selected regions of China, Vietnam,
Philippines, Indonesia, Peru and Brazil.
Objectives and scope of the review:
The study aims to increase the chances of success of future
rehabilitation projects by identifying the approaches that have
contributed to longer-term sustainability under different scenarios
with minimal negative impacts on different stakeholders.
Specific study objectives include obtaining strategic lessons
on driving forces, impacts, and underlying constraints from past and ongoing
rehabilitation initiatives and research; and identify and disseminate
the most promising rehabilitation approaches and incentives under different
ecological and socio-economic scenarios. The focus of review would be
initiatives that aim to actually establish trees on formerly forested
land; and not strictly technical trials of species or planting design.
Integrated projects with forest rehabilitation components will also be
included in this review.
Inventory and characterisation of past and ongoing rehabilitation
initiatives and their changing profile in each of the selected regions
by conducting series of consultations and workshops with national and
local government offices, donors, NGOs, private companies, community groups,
and other concerned stakeholders. This will be in conjunction with in
depth evaluation and comparative analyses of all factors, within and across
projects, and based on the literature reviews of project-related documents
or other secondary sources. At a later stage, the study applies rapid
assessment of selected rehabilitation case studies in each country using
technical, ecological and socio-economic parameters.
The main output of the study is Country Syntheses on Lessons Learned
from the nature of rehabilitation efforts in each country drawn from subsidiary
outputs of Database I of rehabilitation initiatives and their key features,
and Database II of detailed assessment of selected rehabilitation case
studies. Lessons learned from past projects and advice in designing and
implementing future projects will be disseminated to key groups through
scientific articles, seminars, workshops, policy briefs, news articles,
website postings and networking activities.
Contact Persons (CIFOR)
Takeshi Toma (email@example.com)
Ani Nawir (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Wil de Jong (email@example.com)
Cesar Sabogal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Peru and Brazil
Unna Chokkalingam (email@example.com)
- China and Philippines
Tini Gumartini (firstname.lastname@example.org)