|Rehabilitation of Degraded Forests in Asia (World Bank, 1995)|
The degraded forests discussed in this paper are those that have been so badly damaged they have completely lost their protective or productive functionsbut still retain their potential to revive. The paper focusses on the major areas in Asia fitting this description: swidden agriculture areas in moist forests; human-induced extensive Imperata grasslands; repeatedly hacked, low-profile hardwood forests; and overlogged forests. The areas are defined carefully to determine their extent m
Asia; key characteristics are described; their impacts on the local ecology are evaluated; the social and economic pressure that prolong the degradation are analyzed; and technical methods for rehabilitating the damaged areas are proposed. Although the paper recognizes that policy interventions are also crucial, it targets a specific audience: governments and agencies that plan and prepare the technical aspects of projects for restore these important natural resource areas m Asia.