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Shade effect on coffee production at the northern Tzeltal zone of the state of Chiapas, Mexico

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Shade-grown coffee has been a preferred method in the tropics largely due to its benefits for biodiversity. However, impacts on yield are not yet fully understood, nor are the potentials for multiple uses of canopy species.

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Shade coffee farms promote genetic diversity of native trees

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In the tropical Americas, coffee is typically cultivated under shade canopy cover. Unlike coffee grown in full sun, shade-grown coffee plays host to an increased diversity of vertebrates and invertebrates. However, the contributions of shade-grown coffee patches in tropical landscapes towards preserving genetic flows have not yet been studied.

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The Role of Rustic Coffee Plantations in the Conservation of Wild Tree Diversity in the Chinantec Region of Mexico

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This study examines the potential of shade coffee systems to promote native tree diversity across the landscape of southern Mexico.

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Agroforestry Training Program: Taking Action, Reaching Out

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Guidance on Coffee Carbon Project Development Using the Simplified Agroforestry Methodology (Lineamientos Para el Diseño de Proyectos de Carbono en Cafetales Usando La Metodología Agroforestal Simplificada)

 

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Woody Plant Diversity and Structure of Shade-Grown-Coffee Plantations in Northern Chiapas, Mexico

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This article presents research on coffee stand structure and diversity, with data collected from 61 coffee plots in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Tree species diversity and vegetation structure in shade coffee farms in Veracruz, Mexico

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While some studies have argued that shade coffee enables similar biodiversity to remnant forest fragments, others contest that the ecological functions of shade coffee can be assumed to be the same or that policies promoting shade coffee will also benefit remnant forest fragments. Not all taxa have been thoroughly studied in shade coffee. This study reports on tree species diversity and vegetation structure in shade coffee farms in Veracruz, Mexico.

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Coffee Agroforestry Systems in Central America: I. A Review of Quantitative Information on Physiological and Ecological Processes

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Vilcanota Valley Rehabilitation and Management Project

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Biodiversity Conservation in Traditional Coffee Systems of Mexico

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This article discusses the capacity of traditional coffee agroforestry systems for maintaining biodiversity levels.

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ITTO Guidelines for the Restoration, Management, and Rehabilitation of Degraded and Secondary Tropical Forests

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This guide provides detailed information on the tools and concepts for rehabilitating and managing degraded forests and secondary forests. These lands have an often unrecognized ability and potential for providing valuable ecosystem services and provisioning timber, NTFPs, and other goods.

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Multifunctional Shade-Tree Management in Tropical Agroforestry Landscapes – A Review

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This article discusses the benefits of shade systems in the production of cacao and coffee crops, with a particular focus on the long-term cycle of cacao production.

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The Ecophysiology of Pioneer Tree Species in Relation to their Disturbance Ecology in a Wet Lowland Rainforest, Sri Lanka

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This dissertation evaluates pioneers species and their response to light availability and disturbance characteristics in the Shorea-Mesua vegetation type (an aseasonal, mixed dipterocarp forest) around the Sinharaja World Heritage Forest Reserve in southwest Sri Lanka.

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Kibale National Park Rehabilitation Project

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Kibale National Park is one of the last remaining tracks of tropical forest in Uganda. It provides great environmental benefits, specifically serving as a home to large populations of primates. The Kibale National Park Rehabilitation Project seeks to protect these benefits.

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Principles and Practice of Forest Landscape Restoration: Case Studies from the Drylands of Latin America

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Bwa Yo: Important Trees of Haiti

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This book, published in 1996, presents important tree species in Haiti as part of a USAID effort to address environmental degradation in Haiti. The trees presented are mainly those in the agricultural landscape, providing food or fuel, although trees with cultural or ecological importance are also presented.

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Sustaining mahogany: research and silviculture in Mexico's community forests

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Cultural Assessment of Reforestation Practices in Rural Eastern Paraguay

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This master's thesis examines reforestation projects in eastern Paraguay with the aim of improving the methods of agroforestry extensionists. It describes the geography and historical background of Paraguay, including information on economic and environmental problems. It then provides a detailed site description of the study community and reforestation programs in rural Paraguay generally.

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An Ethnographic Study of Tree-Planting Successes and Failures by Small Farmers in Paraguay

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This thesis outlines the characteristics of farmers that successfully implement forestry projects in eastern Paraguay. The work begins by providing background information on the geographical, political, and social aspects of Paraguay and the focal community, as well as a summary of the literature on agroforestry. 

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Applied Nucleation as a Forest Restoration Strategy

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To combat deforestation and restore forest cover quickly and efficiently, this article proposes the use of applied nucleation as a restoration strategy. The article reviews research to date on applied nucleation, which is a method for restoring degraded landscapes in which small clusters of shrubs and trees are planted to encourage natural forest regeneration.

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