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An Approach to Classifying and Restoring Degraded Tropical Forests for the Anticipated REDD+ Climate Change Mitigation Mechanism

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Discussions about restoration strategies often pertain solely to severely degraded tropical forests and invoke only the enrichment planting option; however, other approaches to restoration are needed to counter the full range of degradation. This report proposes approaches for restoring forests that range from being slightly to severely degraded. Our methods start with halting the causes of degradation and letting forests regenerate on their own, progress through active management of natural regeneration in degraded areas to accelerate tree regeneration and growth and finally include the stage of degradation at which replanting is necessary.