Demonstration Sites

Demonstration sites are one of the most important tools for spreading sustainable land restoration techniques such as analog forestry. Through our network of demonstration sites, local populations can observe how increasing biodiversity and regenerating forests can have a positive impact on the conservation of nature, quality of life, and economic well-being.

Zenón Urbano, on his farm in the Dominican Republic where he has practiced analog forestry since the early 1990s. Credit: A. K. Dickinson

By collaborating with our partners to establish demonstration sites, we hope to engage communities who can then use this model to manage their natural resources more effectively and reach value-added markets.

Indeed, many demonstration sites also located on the farms of enterprising individuals who decided to engage in analog forestry on their own farms. Now, years later, their homes serve as examples to their communities of the possibilities of diverse production and ecological restoration. In the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica, farms that pioneered analog forestry have been the site of community workshops, university classes, and agricultural research.

A farmer in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka, who has been implementing analog forestry on a tea plantation. Credit: Both Ends

IAFN has made it a priority to sow the seeds of restoration through the funding of innovative projects to create demonstration sites. In 2013, the first round of small grants were allocated, with funding given to small community-based organizations to develop small analog forestry parcels that can be used as demonstration sites in the future. We look forward to presenting the results from these projects soon!

As we look to expand our efforts to bring ecological restoration and sustainable production to more communities across the world, it is important to plant more of these seeds that can serve as a locus for exchanging ideas, revitalizing rural communities, cooling the planet and learning together how to restore our planet’s life support systems.

If you would like to be a part of or contribute to our site development initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact us.