What have we learnt about rainforest restoration in the past two decades?
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In summary, rainforest restoration is a long-term endeavour. The short-term funding paradigm that has prevailed in many replanting projects, particularly government schemes, has served restoration objectives poorly and resulted in a great waste of money. Renewed funding for restoration projects may soon be available from markets for carbon sequestration and 'biodiversity offsets'. Assuming these markets require projects to demonstrate sequestration and biodiversity outcomes over many decades, in return for long-term funding, they could give practitioners a real opportunity and incentive to implement successful restoration projects.
Ecological Management & Restoration
Author Posting. Copyright 2010. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Ecological Management & Restoration 11(1), pp. 2-3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-8903.2010.00506.x
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