New Forests

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 165-174

First online:

Research needs for restoring tropical forests in Southeast Asia for wildlife conservation: framework species selection and seed propagation

  • David BlakesleyAffiliated withHorticulture Research International
  • , Kate HardwickAffiliated withSchool of Agricultural and Forest Sciences, University of Wales
  • , Stephen ElliottAffiliated withForest Restoration Research Unit, Biology Department, Science Faculty, Chiang Mai University

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Some governments in Southeast Asia, such as those of Thailand and Vietnam have clear policies to restore large areas of degraded land to native forest. However, knowledge needed for the success of these ambitious programmes is still inadequate, and considerable further research is required. Furthermore, very little literature is available to conservation practitioners about the restoration of tropical forests for biodiversity conservation. This paper introduces the framework species method of forest restoration, which is being developed to restore forests in Thailand. The paper examines the potential for adoption of this technique in different forest types across the Southeast Asia region, and identifies priorities for future research needed before the method can be widely implemented. These include the identification of forest types, the selection of candidate framework species, maintenance of genetic diversity, and development of methods of seed collection and germination.

Biodiversity conservation Forest restoration Genetic diversity Seed Trees