FAO Stresses Importance of Native Tree Species in Restoration
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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published 'Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,' which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

FAO17 July 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a report, titled ‘Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,’ which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

The report notes that the use of native species can alleviate some of the risks commonly associated with ecosystem restoration such as the spread of invasive alien species and the loss of species due to interactions with native pests and predators. The publication also suggests that the use of native species supports local communities that use the plants for traditional purposes and to sustain livelihoods.

The report takes a broad perspective on restoration considering: ecological restoration; restoration with production objectives; habitat-specific approaches; and restoration that targets a species. Throughout the study, illustrative examples of good practices and innovative approaches are used to support survey analysis and scientific research.

Based on the analysis, the report presents recommendations for research, restoration practice and policy. Recommendations include the development of indicators to monitor genetic diversity and the expansion of education on the use of native species. [Publication: Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species]

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