Dr. Takeshi Toma stated that information on past rehabilitation activities
were not recorded properly and people were often biased by their own selected
experiences. Through the study “Review of Rehabilitation Initiatives - Lessons
from the Past”, CIFOR and partners are carrying out a larger assessment of a
wide range of rehabilitation projects across countries to learn key lessons from
this vast storehouse of experiences. The research aims to provide not just a
long-list of constraints to forest rehabilitation, but to come up with sound
options for sustainable rehabilitation of degraded forest lands with positive
impacts on local livelihoods and the environment. Participants of this open
session would be kept informed about the results of the study as it progressed
and all outputs would be made available on the website (http://www.cifor.org/rehab).
Dr. Toma expected and appreciated the continued active participation and
valuable inputs to the review research from all present.