A proposed framework for participatory forest restoration in semiarid areas of North Africa

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Título: A proposed framework for participatory forest restoration in semiarid areas of North Africa
Autor/es: Derak, Mchich | Cortina, Jordi | Taiqui, Lahcen | Aledo, Antonio
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Gestión de Ecosistemas y de la Biodiversidad (GEB) | Población, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (POMADE)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Sociología I | Universidad de Alicante. Instituto Multidisciplinar para el Estudio del Medio "Ramón Margalef"
Palabras clave: Collaboration | Ecosystem services | Land-use planning | Stakeholders | Trust
Área/s de conocimiento: Ecología | Sociología
Fecha de publicación: abr-2018
Editor: Wiley
Cita bibliográfica: Restoration Ecology. 2018, 26(S1): S18-S25. doi:10.1111/rec.12486
Resumen: Ecological restoration is a suitable tool to revert land degradation in semiarid areas. Social participation is increasingly considered as a guarantee for the long‐term success and sustainability of restoration projects. In rural areas of North African countries, experiences of participatory restoration are still not frequent, and poverty and illiteracy with top‐down approaches boost land‐use conflicts and raise skepticism toward restoration programs. We developed a framework for forest restoration based on knowledge share, trust, and active stakeholder participation in all restoration steps. The framework was tested through a demonstrative project aimed at restoring Tetraclinis articulata forests in a semiarid area of North Morocco, in which scientists, managers, and local stakeholders were involved in all steps of the restoration process: identification of restoration priorities, assessment of land‐use options, definition of the restoration procedure, participatory plantation, evaluation, surveillance, and monitoring. In a 1 ha plot, 250 plants were planted by 90 participants in a spirit of knowledge exchange, mutual aid, environmental education, and social solidarity. After 2 years, the plot remains intact, free of any act of vandalism and grazing, and shows signals of improved ecosystem functioning. A wider application of the proposed framework in current restoration strategies will enhance our understanding of the factors behind social acceptance and support for restoration projects.
Patrocinador/es: This study was carried out by the University of Abdelmalek Esaàdi (Tétouan, Morocco) and the University of Alicante (Spain), and was funded by the projects SEMER (AECID: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, Programa de Cooperación Interuniversitaria AECI-PCI AP/040315/11), RESEP2B (University of Alicante), UNCROACH and TERECOVA (Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation; CGL2011-30581-C02-01 and CGL2014-52714-C2-1-R).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/75072
ISSN: 1061-2971 (Print) | 1526-100X (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/rec.12486
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © 2017 Society for Ecological Restoration
Revisión científica: si
Versión del editor: https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.12486
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