What Is Forest Landscape Restoration?

  • David Lamb
  • John Stanturf
  • Palle Madsen
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 15)


The extent and distribution of global forests is a matter of considerable concern. The overall rate of deforestation remains high although recent reports suggest it is finally beginning to decline (FAO 2011). But this hides regional differences. In temperate regions net forest cover is increasing because of afforestation and natural expansion of forests. By contrast, net forest cover in most tropical regions continues to decline and few of the remaining forests are being managed on a sustainable basis (Asner et al. 2010; Foley et al. 2005). This means that more and more tropical countries are changing from being exporters of forest products to being importers. Across the globe most deforestation has been carried out to create agricultural lands but a large proportion of these lands have subsequently been abandoned (Ramankuty and Foley 1999).


Ecosystem Service Forest Cover Forest Landscape Forest Restoration Landscape Mosaic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Mined Land RehabilitationUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Center for Forest Disturbance ScienceUS Forest ServiceAthensUSA
  3. 3.Danish Center for Forest, Landscape and PlanningUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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