The overall aim of the project is to define sustainable approaches to forest use, and to develop innovative approaches to forest rehabilitation on degraded sites, to promote the conservation of native forests. This will be achieved by a multi-disciplinary analysis of the ecological impacts of forest use, to define the key thresholds and indicators of sustainability, and to identify the primary constraints to recovery of degraded forest ecosystems. The results will be used to develop guidelines for sustainable use and conservation of native forests by local communities and other stakeholders.
* Guidelines for the conservation and restoration of native forest in each of the four study areas, both for relevant policy makers, and for the development of sustainable forest management plans by local communities.
* Dissemination of project results through a minimum of eight scientific publications in international refereed journals and six research reports.
* Strengthening of the research capacity of all partner organizations through a technical exchange programme.
* Training of at least eight young scientists through existing postgraduate programmes of the partner organizations.
The key activities include :
* Defining the relationship between different intensities and types of forest use and the key ecological processes which determine sustainability. This will be achieved by the establishment of a minimum of 10 experimental plots in native forests subjected to different land use histories, in each of two areas in both southern Mexico and South-Central Chile. A detailed comparative analysis will then be made of the following ecological characteristics: soil properties including fertility, the regeneration capacity of selected tree species, biodiversity of the vascular plant flora, and the genetic structure of selected tree species of high economic and conservation value.
* Integrating the results from the ecological analyses, using multiple regression and modelling techniques, to identify the key constraints to sustainable forest use, to explore interactions between different ecological processes, and to identify and evaluate suitable indicators of sustainability in each of the forest study areas.
* Examining the process of forest rehabilitation on degraded sites, by establishing a minimum of one field experiment in each of the experimental areas, designed to identify the key ecological processes limiting forest recovery. Experimental treatments will include encouragement of natural regeneration, artificial seedling establishment of threatened tree species and modifications of current land-use practices as a method of achieving forest restoration.
* Assessing the impact of forest use and habitat fragmentation on the viability of populations of a minimum of four tree species of international conservation concern, and to develop guidelines for their continued monitoring and effective conservation.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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