The role of agroforestry in forest restoration

The Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Project (INREMP) was launched in 2013 to address unsustainable forest management practices in several river basins. INREMP aims to restore the functions of the basins as providers of ecosystem services, which include wood, water, food and medicine.

INREMP aims to achieve its restoration goals by implementing various commercial forestry investment sub-projects and different modes of natural resource management. The sub-projects being implemented are conservation farming, commercial tree plantation, and agroforestry.

Agroforestry is defined as the science and application of producing agricultural and wooden products on the same piece of land, integrating farmers, livestock, trees, and forests at various scales. As of December 2019, INREMP had established agroforestry sub-projects in 99% of its target areas, covering a total of 14,307 hectares.