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International Symposium on Monitoring of Forest Restoration for Adaptive Management


Forest restoration has become an increasingly popular tool for mitigating the loss of ecosystem services resulting from deforestation and forest degradation. Different restoration strategies that address both ecological and social needs have emerged.
However, only very few restoration projects conduct long-term monitoring and evaluation. It is, therefore, difficult to assess the effectiveness of such restoration approaches, and make the necessary changes to achieve the proposed outcomes.  It also limits the ability for broader institutional and societal learning about appropriate, robust restoration practices. Meanwhile, advances in technology, such as the use of drones and remote sensing, could present alternative solutions to monitoring large-scale restoration projects.

ELTI, together with the Rain Forest Restoration Initiative (RFRI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will be holding an International Symposium on Monitoring Forest Restoration for Adaptive Management.
The objective of this symposium is to introduce different forest restoration strategies, as well as methods and technological prospects in monitoring and evaluation of restoration projects. There will be presentations by international experts from Thailand, Costa Rica, Australia and Singapore. The symposium hopes to stimulate discussions on lessons learned and best practices to make sure that reforestation projects are meeting their objectives, and that they meet them in the most effective and efficient way possible.

The symposium will be held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks & Wildlife Compound in Diliman, Quezon City. The program will start at 8am.

The symposium is open to institutions and organizations with on-going reforestation projects. It is free of charge, but space is limited, therefore, pre-registration is a must. To reserve a seat, please pre-register here.


Welcome Remarks       
Dr. David Neidel, ELTI, Singapore

Restoring Tropical Forests: Planning Strategies and Monitoring Results      
Dr. Stephen Elliott, Forest Restoration Research Unit – Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Applied Nucleation and Forest Recovery in the Neotropics: Results from a Decade-long Restoration Study
Dr. Rakan Zahawi, Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica

Agua Salud: a Model for Watershed Rehabilitation and Land Management      
Dr. Michiel van Breugel, Yale-NUS College, Singapore

The Philippine National Greening Program      

Monitoring and Assessing Reforestation Success: Making sure the Lessons from the Past are Learnt and Applied
Dr. John Herbohn, University of Sunshine Coast, Australia

Pilot Testing Best Practices in Designing and Implementing a Community-based Forest Restoration Program
Dr. Nestor Gregorio, University of Sunshine Coast, Australia

Phil-Lidar 2: Forest Resource Assessment      
Dr. Enrico Paringit, University of the  Philippines-Diliman

Technological Prospects for Monitoring Forest Restoration Success       
Dr. Ryan Chisholm, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Panel Discussion Session        
Moderator: Ms. Katherine Galindo, Non-timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme

Closing Remarks
Dr. Edwino Fernando, University of the Philippines-Los Baños¬