The organization occupies a unique niche, focusing on the conservation and sustainable use of the diversity within tree species that are important for people, and analyzing the threats and their genetic resources. Read on to test your own knowledge on forests, trees and restoration, and learn about Bioversity International’s research.
Forest landscape restoration is a critical and on-going process. It is essential for not only alleviating soil erosion and climate change, but also in promoting food security and biodiversity and ensuring access to clean water. To achieve successful restoration of degraded lands, and deliver the many benefits of a diverse forest landscape, we need to carefully select the appropriate species of trees and seed sources suitably matched to restoration sites. Further, these trees need to be suitable for the local conditions. Relying on natural processes to restore degraded forest landscapes will not always lead to a successful regeneration of the most important, valuable, or beneficial tree species.
Bioversity International is dedicated to generating successful landscape restoration through our research and creation of decision support tools, which highlight the importance of tree biodiversity for resilient restoration. In the largest landscape level evaluation of seed dispersal among tropical trees, led by Bioversity International Forest Genetic Resources and Restoration Scientist Chris Kettle, a detailed study shows that even with highly mobile seed dispersers sometimes nature needs a little help.