Restoration of forest land-use potentials and ecosystem services in Africa
Restoring forest lands at the landscape level contributes to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) e.g. hunger, poverty, well-being and life on land especially in poor communities of sub-Saharan Africa.
Thünen’s research goal is the comprehensive analysis of options and restrictions of forest restoration and a development of best-practice concepts for one or more regions in Africa. Within this project, different silvicultural options for forest restoration and ecosystem services shall be identified, analysed and classified according to cost-benefit-criteria in comparison with different land user groups. The work shall be carried out in close cooperation with the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems, Eberswalde.
Forest landscape restoration has gained momentum both at international and regional level. The project will focus at the interface of both site level (dominant use) and landscape level (multiple functions and well-being). At the site level, numerous forest restoration practices and silvicultural options in different land use shall be identified.
At the landscape level, focus is on the multifunctionality and provision of ecosystem services for the various forest user groups. Different stakeholders or user groups shall be identified with their respective needs, aspirations, trade-offs and synergies. Finally these will be interlinked with silvicultural options to find best-practice concepts that are ecologically robust and with high economic benefits. Additionally, we shall recommend a feasible methodology/criteria for evaluating cost-benefits from respective forest landscape restoration practices in Africa.
3.2019 - 2.2024
Project status: ongoing