Analog Forestry is a system of silviculture that seeks to establish a tree dominated ecosystem analogous in architectural structure and ecological function to the original climax or sub climax vegetation community. It seeks to empower rural communities both socially and economically through the use of species that provide marketable products.
What is a forest?
Analog Forestry Restoration at Work in Honduras
“It is the little things citizens do, that will make a difference. My little thing is planting trees”
~ Wangari Maathai, Kenya
Forest Garden Initiative
"In a world where restoring our forests is an ever more pressing necessity, there is an urgent need to reconcile forest restoration with economic imperatives. Silviculture systems that contain high biodiversity and mature forest structure are essential to ensuring that bringing back forests can be profitable. The Forest Garden Product concept was born out of this necessity of showcasing the products that come from forest gardens applying analog forestry."
- from the International Analog Forestry Network FGP Initiative
The Tree Project has its Honduras headquarters in the Analog Forestry Training Centre in La Union, on the Atlantic coast, and with a mandate for Biodiversity Restoration and Community Development. The Tree Project is working to establish a local market in La Union, with produce vendors as well as educational workshops, artists and musicians.
Visit our page on our Local Markets & Participatory Guarantee Systems Initiative in Honduras.
More articles on Analog Forestry
- 2016 Analog Forestry News from the Network
- Analog Forestry as an Art Form
- Photosynthetic Biomass
- Analog Forestry in New Brunswick
Publications, manuals available at www.analogforestry.org/resources/publications
Strengths of the Analog Forestry (AF) network:
- Very strong base in Sri Lanka, Central America/Carribean, Cameroon, Uganda and Latin America with capacity building with on the ground CSOs/farmers .
- AF is supported by a strong and wide on the ground network, with specific knowledge about the replication of agro-forest ecosystems, and offering practical farmer training that restores ecosystems and landscapes.
- Re: AF product, certification. International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) completed its evaluation of the most recent version of the production standards for Forest Garden Products (FGP). The FGP standards have now been adopted into the IFOAM Family of Standards. These are the first ones in the IFOAM family to have global reach, as well as the first standards developed in countries of the Global South.
The Buddha said, ‘The person who plants a tree grows merit both day and night”