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Forests 2017, 8(3), 61; doi:10.3390/f8030061

Implementing Forest Landscape Restorationin Ethiopia

UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH; Schnewlinstraße 10, 79098 Freiburg, Germany
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Received: 15 December 2016 / Accepted: 22 February 2017 / Published: 27 February 2017
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Abstract

Driven by various initiatives and international policy processes, the concept of Forest Landscape Restoration, is globally receiving renewed attention. It is seen internationally and in national contexts as a means for improving resilience of land and communities in the face of increasing environmental degradation through different forest activities. Ethiopia has made a strong voluntary commitment in the context of the Bonn Challenge—it seeks to implement Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) on 15 million ha. In the context of rural Ethiopia, forest establishment and restoration provide a promising approach to reverse the widespread land degradation, which is exacerbated by climate change and food insecurity. This paper presents an empirical case study of FLR opportunities in the Amhara National Regional State, Ethiopia’s largest spans of degraded and barren lands. Following the Restoration Opportunity Assessment Methodology, the study categorizes the main types of landscapes requiring restoration, identifies and prioritizes respective FLR options, and details the costs and benefits associated with each of the five most significant opportunities: medium to large‐scale afforestation and reforestation activities on deforested or degraded marginal land not suitable for agriculture, the introduction of participatory forest management, sustainable woodland management combined with value chain investments, restoration of afro‐alpine and sub‐afro‐alpine areas and the establishment of woodlots. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest  landscape  restoration;  Ethiopia;  Bonn  challenge;  ROAM;  sustainable  forest  management; woodlots; forest investment; business models forest  landscape  restoration;  Ethiopia;  Bonn  challenge;  ROAM;  sustainable  forest  management; woodlots; forest investment; business models
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Pistorius, T.; Carodenuto, S.; Wathum, G. Implementing Forest Landscape Restorationin Ethiopia. Forests 2017, 8, 61.

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