Forest restoration practices under a sustainable landscape approach: Experiences from the field

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Summers, Percy , Schneider, Claudio

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The Alto Mayo landscape of Peru’s San Martin region covers approximately 780,700 hectares and is home to 231,000 people (33.7 inhabitants per km2). It is a biodiversity hotspot and an Alliance for Zero Extinction site, holding record-high numbers of endemic bird and orchid species, as well as providing habitat for the only three endemic monkey species in Peru. Conservation International (CI) has been working in the Alto Mayo landscape since 2007. CI works with indigenous communities and smallholder farmers to reverse deforestation and restore critical areas of the landscape to reconnect forest patches and the habitat of keystone species like the San Martin titi monkey. CI’s approach includes land use planning, governance, best practices in agricultural production and conservation of priority remaining forests. As part of its sustainable landscape approach CI is using innovative practices to restore forest connectivity and promote conservation corridors. These corridors aim to facilitate wildlife habitat and movement of wildlife as well as the future viability of populations of endangered species under climate change scenarios. This has promoted the implementation of diverse forest restoration strategies including restoring: (1) riverine vegetation, (2) abandoned and degraded pastures and flooded rice fields, and (3) enrichment of coffee and cacao agroforestry systems with more diversity of native shade tree species. In this presentation CI reviews lessons learned and results from its forest restoration practices and its role in promoting conservation corridors.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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