What is the available evidence concerning relative performance of different designs of mixed-species plantings for smallholder and community forestry in the tropics? A systematic map protocol
Nguyen Huong, John Herbohn, Jessica Clendenning, David Lamb, Wolfram Dressler, Jerry Vanclay, Jennifer Firn
Environmental Evidence | BMC | Published : 2015
Background: There has been growing interest in mixed species plantation systems because of their potential to provide a range of socio-economic and bio-physical benefits which can be matched to the diverse needs of smallholders and communities. Potential benefits include the production of a range of forest products for home and commercial use; improved soil fertility especially when nitrogen fixing species are included; improved survival rates and greater productivity of species; a reduction in the amount of damage from pests or disease; and improved biodiversity and wildlife habitats. Despite these documented services and growing interest in mixed species plantation systems, the actual plan..View full abstract
This study is a part of the Evidence-Based Forestry (EBF) initiative at CIFOR, funded through UK's Department for International Development (DfID). The authors thank the advisory group for their feedback on the protocol and the discussion at the stakeholder workshop at the launch of the review. Lastly, we thank two anonymous reviewers whose comments helped improve the research protocol.