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MEETINGS 2013-2018

433rd Meeting at the Alliance Franšaise, Chiang Mai: “Restoring Tropical Forests: 30 Years from Pipe Dream to Global Necessity”.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018.

A Talk by Stephen Elliot.

The Talk:

Thirty years ago, reforestation in Thailand meant growing rows of eucalyptus trees. The idea of restoring tropical forest ecosystems to their former glory was often viewed as naive idealism. In contrast, today the UN is calling for reforestation of 350 million hectares globally, to help mitigate global climate change. This talk will examine how the concept of restoring tropical forest ecosystems has transitioned from pipe-dream to global necessity over the past three decades, by reviewing the achievements of Chiang Mai University's Forest Restoration Research Unit (FORRU-CMU). Based in the university's Science Faculty, the unit has solved many of the technical problems of forest restoration and is now exploring the use of futuristic technologies, such as drones, to automate several restoration tasks.

The Speaker:

Dr. Stephen Elliott is a Senior Lecture in Wildlife Conservation and Tropical Plant Ecology at the Biology Department, Science Faculty, Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He co-founded the ForestRestoration Research Unit at the university in 1994. Current research areas include payments

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