Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang
Mai: “Restoring Tropical Forests: 30 Years from Pipe Dream to Global Necessity”.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018.
A Talk by Stephen Elliot.
years ago, reforestation in Thailand meant growing rows of eucalyptus
trees. The idea of restoring tropical forest ecosystems to their former
glory was often viewed as naive idealism. In contrast, today the UN is
calling for reforestation of 350 million hectares globally, to help
mitigate global climate change. This talk will examine how the concept
of restoring tropical forest ecosystems has transitioned from
pipe-dream to global necessity over the past three decades, by
reviewing the achievements of Chiang Mai University's Forest
Restoration Research Unit (FORRU-CMU). Based in the university's
Science Faculty, the unit has solved many of the technical problems of
forest restoration and is now exploring the use of futuristic
technologies, such as drones, to automate several restoration tasks.
Stephen Elliott is a Senior Lecture in Wildlife Conservation and
Tropical Plant Ecology at the Biology Department, Science Faculty,
Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He co-founded the
ForestRestoration Research Unit at the university in 1994. Current
research areas include payments
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