Introduction to analog forestry

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An introduction to analog forestry, an ecological restoration technique that uses landscape-level interventions to increase biodiversity and promote socioeconomic well-being of forest inhabitants.

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Introduction to analog forestry

  1. 1. Analog Forestry Restoring the planet’s life support systems Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  2. 2. Analog Forestry 101 • What is Analog Forestry? • The Analog Forestry way – Analog Forestry methods – Mimicking nature – 12 Principles • Forest products Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  3. 3. Analog Forestry 101 • What is Analog Forestry? • The Analog Forestry way – Analog Forestry methods – Mimicking nature – 12 Principles • Forest products Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  4. 4. What is Analog Forestry? Analog forestry is an ecological restoration tool that helps to restore the life support systems of the planet – represented by healthy, biodiverse ecosystems Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  5. 5. What is Analog Forestry? Analog Forestry is based in interventions for small farmers and indigenous communies to maintain and restore their forests while improving their income and livelihoods Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  6. 6. Analog Forestry Biology: An organ or structure that is similar in function to one in another kind of organism. Restoring the planet’s life-support systems. Chemistry: A structural derivative of a parent compound that often differs from it by a single element. The science of planting and taking care of trees and managing forests
  7. 7. Analog Forestry Planting forests that are similar in architectural structures and ecological functions to the original climax forest. Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  8. 8. Analog Forestry as a restoration tool Ecological restoration of life support systems Creation of ecologically stable and socioeconomically productive landscapes Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  9. 9. History • Initially practiced in Guatemala and California in the 1970s • Based on the traditional ‘home gardens’ of tropical Asia • Concepts were tested on the ground in Sri Lanka in 1983 • The International Analog Forestry Network was created in 1996 to develop and popularize the AF model Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  10. 10. Why restoration? The world’s life support systems are threatened by deforestation, monoculture plantations, landgrabs and the degradation of forest ecosystems, all of which should be seen as opportunities for restoration Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  11. 11. Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  12. 12. Analog Forestry as a silviculture method Complex and holistic form of silviculture Minimizes external inputs, such as agrochemicals and fossil fuels Augments biodiversity for resilience and productivity Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  13. 13. Analog Forestry 101 • What is Analog Forestry? • The Analog Forestry way – Analog Forestry methods – Mimicking nature – 12 Principles • Forest products Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  14. 14. The Analog Forest way Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  15. 15. The Analog Forest way 1. Record the structure of the natural forest with the help of a physiognomic formula 2. Mapping and ecological evaluation of the degraded area that shall be reforested Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  16. 16. The Analog Forest way 3. Use a database to find out about the properties of the plants you want to grow Design (Map) Structure (Formula) Restoring the planet’s life-support systems. Function (Database) 4. Design your food forest
  17. 17. Mimicking nature  Observe and record the architecture and ecological functions of the natural forest  Select species that are analogous in structure and function to plants in the mature forest  Use ecological succession to reach your goal of a mature ecosystem Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  18. 18. Following succession Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  19. 19. 12 Analog Forestry Principles 1. Observe and record 5. Map flows and reservoirs 9. Use ecological processes Restoring the planet’s life-support systems. 2. Understand and evaluate 6. Reduce external inputs 10. Value Biodiversity 3. Know your land 7. Be guided by the landscape 11. Respect maturity 4. Identify levels of yield 8. Follow ecological succession 12. Respond creatively
  20. 20. Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  21. 21. Analog Forestry 101 • What is Analog Forestry? • The Analog Forestry way – Analog Forestry methods – Mimicking nature – 12 Principles • Forest products Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  22. 22. Forest Products • Analog Forestry aims to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes • Emphasizes production of a diversity of useful and marketable goods and services from the forest Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  23. 23. Certification • The Forest Garden Products certification standard markets products derived from Analog Forestry • Producers adhere to organic principles while increasing biodiversity Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  24. 24. Forest products Restoring the planet’s life-support systems.
  25. 25. Netherlands: Both ENDS Canada: Falls Brook Centre Belgium: WeForest France: Guayapi USA: Grayson LandCare; Institute for Cultural Ecology; Care of Earth Cuba: Agroforestry Research Institute Honduras: FUCSA Costa Rica: ARBOFILIA; CCBA; Eco Era Colombia: AMICHOCO Ecuador: ClimAmbiente Philippines: NTFP-EP Dominican Republic: ENDA-Dom Togo: Les Compagnons Ruraux Cameroon: CENDEP India: India Development Project; Sahajasamrudha Sri Lanka: Conservation Carbon Company; F.G.P; FSHS; Rainforest Rescue International Brazil: Consorcio dos Productores Sateré-Mawé Peru: Arbio Analog Forestry around the world Australia: Ballarat Tree Growers; Total Ecosystem Management

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