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Support biodiversity recovery and a transition to productive ecosystems
Large areas of formerly farmed or forested lands around the world are heavily degraded due to large scale intensive agriculture, mining, logging and urbanization. Farmers are losing their fertile soil and face poverty due to diminishing yields, loss of clean water and buffers against climate impacts.
There is a need to restore degraded lands and increase biodiversity through a combination of agriculture and forestry that focuses on biodiversity.
Analog Forestry (AF) is an approach to ecological restoration which uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes. AF minimizes external inputs, such as agrochemicals and fossil fuels, instead fostering ecological function for resilience and productivity
The International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN) promotes knowledge sharing regarding regenerative approaches to forest restoration through its Secretariat ffice based in Costa Rica, 4 regional training centres in Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Costa Rica and Bolivia and members in 20 countries in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia, Europe, Canada and the U.S.