Special Issue "New Challenges towards More Effective Integration of Tropical Forest Restoration and Conservation"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022 | Viewed by 910

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Plinio Sist
E-Mail Website1 Website2
Guest Editor
Cirad-ES, Director of the Research Unit Forests and Societies Cirad, Campus International de Baillarguet, TA C-105/D, 34398 Montpellier, CEDEX 5, France
Interests: tropical forest ecology; tropical forest management; impact of logging on forest dynamics; reduced impact logging
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Dr. Manuel Boissière
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), Forests and Societies Research Unit, Univ. Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Interests: role of local communities in rehabilitation of degraded land; smallholder plantations; participatory forest management; area exclosure; agroforestry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With forest degradation increasing in the tropics, forest restoration is being employed as an effective and recognized management strategy. Reforestation and afforestation are two distinct methods being used. They are often considered for their biophysical aspects and for their environmental benefits (e.g., carbon sequestration, watershed management, biodiversity).

Technical skills are necessary for implementing both forest restoration and afforestation, but they are not enough for the success of restoration programs. Understanding the social and economic aspects is essential if restoration activities are to be effective. Reforestation and afforestation should be meaningful and beneficial to indigenous people and other local communities living in or near these degraded forests or landscapes. Benefits can be increased by local participation in decision making, improved financial return, strengthened land use rights, and better market opportunities.

This Special Issue of Forests aims to identify and better understand the social and economic issues (challenges and benefits) of forest restoration programs in the tropics and their contribution for the success of restoration programs. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published or submitted elsewhere. Through case studies and more global contributions, they should illustrate the importance of considering bottom-up approaches in forest restoration.

Dr. Plinio Sist
Dr. Manuel Boissière
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • socio-economic opportunities
  • challenges in reforestation
  • afforestation
  • local participation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Back to TopTop