The Wood Solution: The Key to Driving Large-Scale Forest Restoration

24 Jun 2021

We are at a critical crossroads in human history. We can continue on the path that has led to ecosystem degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, poverty, and inequality or we can reverse those trends and create new, regenerative, inclusive, and efficient systems of living and doing business.

As the population hurtles towards the 10 billion mark, we propose that the urgent and ever-increasing demand for affordable and sustainable housing be met by modern, engineered wood buildings, and that the demand for wood be leveraged to drive restorative management of degraded dry tropical forests. Under this model, restorative forest management becomes possible through a new and integrated tropical timber industry based on local control and entrepreneurship.

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): deforestation, drylands, ecosystem degradation, market-led restoration, restoration, sustainable urbanism, sustainable value chains, timber, tropical dry forests

Ecosystem(s): Forests

Location(s): Africa

  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)