Diversity for Restoration(D4R) Tool to drive India’s eco-restoration initiatives

Source: The post is based on the articleThis new tool can drive India’s eco-restoration initiatives; here’s howpublished in Down To Earth on 3rd July 2023

What is the News?

Researchers have developed a tool called Diversity for Restoration (D4R) to aid in agroforestry and ecosystem restoration efforts.

What is the Diversity for Restoration(D4R) Tool?

The Diversity for Restoration (D4R) tool has been developed by Biodiversity International.

The tool has been modified to adapt to the Indian context by researchers from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).

The tool aims to support ecosystem restoration programs in India by improving decision-making and promoting sustainable development.

The tool is already being used in countries such as Malaysia, Ethiopia, Columbia, Peru, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, etc.

What are the services that Diversity for Restoration(D4R) Tool can provide?

The Diversity for Restoration tool can: 

– Help the user in identifying species that match their restoration objectives.

– Identify species that can resist local stresses and adapt to evolving environmental conditions.

– Can pinpoint areas and regions to procure the seeds for the required species.

– Informs the user whether the tree species offers timber, fruit, manure, or other commercial benefits.

– It also informs if the tree is resilient to physiological stresses such as extremely high or low temperatures, salinity, or acidity tolerance in the soil among others.

– Identify windbreakers – the trees can act as a barrier against high winds.

– The user can also know if the species offers better nitrogen fixing and whether it serves as a good pollinator for birds and bees.

What is the significance of the Diversity for Restoration(D4R) Tool?

The tool will help improve the effectiveness of restoration programs by providing manifold benefits to interested stakeholders while promoting sustainable development.

It will also help in better decision-making and bring the best outcome for plantation programs.

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