Special Issue "Community Forestry and Forest and Landscape Restoration in Developing Countries: Learning from the Field"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 24 November 2023 | Viewed by 95

Special Issue Editor

1. PARTNERS Restoration Network, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
2. School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
Interests: natural resource management; ecosystem ecology; conservation; invasive species
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In response to unprecedented need and global commitments, practitioners, NGOs, and policy makers are seeking ways to scale up restoration over vast areas. Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) is an approach that provides benefits to people and nature by choosing from a basket of restoration options, including agroforestry, natural regeneration, tree planting for restoration, and tree planting for harvest. Examples from around the world suggest the most effective restoration projects (1) provide tangible benefits and (2) actively engage local communities in planning, leading and carrying out restoration, with appropriate support (technical, educational, and financial) from implementers. However, the field still grapples with how to implement FLR: how to engage communities, govern and implement restoration, and manage projects autonomously in the long term. Community forestry could play a significant role in this. As a field, community forestry has been tackling how to devolve resource control to local people to achieve both economic and ecological benefits, a problem currently faced by FLR practitioners. As a practice, community forests and forestry could be a key benefit-producing component of an FLR program as these benefits are concrete and tangible.

The goal of this Special Issue is to explore the potential of community forestry in FLR, both as a part of an FLR program and as a field that could inform restoration efforts. What does this look like on the ground? What is the potential of community forestry to contribute to FLR? What are the keys to successful, lasting restoration that benefits both people and forests? This SI seeks papers that address these topics through rigorously researched and documented case examples from around the world. Empirical work or reviews are also welcome. We invite papers from a range of fields and disciplines; these can focus on ecological, social, and/or economic factors, but should attempt to explore all three to some degree (especially case studies). Additional guidance will be provided for case study write-ups.

Dr. Sarah Jane Wilson
Guest Editor

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 2600 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.


  • forest and landscape restoration (FLR)
  • community forestry
  • rewilding
  • agroforestry
  • silvopastoral systems
  • participatory governance
  • rural livelihoods

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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