APFNet ProjectRehabilitation & Management of Degraded Forests in the Miyun Watershed
After refining the forest management technique in other successful projects (IUCN LLS, Sino-German Financial Cooperation), BFS together with APFNet is ready to scale up the forest management and livelihoods approach to help other mega-cities with water issues to improve their water supply as well.
Rationale and Background
- improve the water conservation capacity of the forests in three sites of the project by applying close-to-nature management approach
- reduce water pollution caused by fertilizer application in the orchard selected
- improve the livelihood of the local community selected by promoting the development of forest recreation
- enhance the capacity of relevant stakeholders in forest management in environment-friendly manner
- produce best practice models for a better long-term forest management in the watershed
- create and promote exchange platform for best-management practices in mega-city watershed management, ultimately reaching hundreds of other Chinese cities and possibly scaling it up to the international level
BFS will help local villagers to reduce the amount of fertilizer used on orchards, especially walnut orchards through improved grafting techniques and the introduction of more environmentally friendly fertilizers.
Transformation of Forests
In all three project sites, BFS will apply techniques of close-to-nature forestry (CNF) to improve the quality and stability of the local forests. This will mainly include thinning and underplanting activities. For underplanting native species will be chosen. The plantations chosen are monocultures of either Chinese pine or Oriental Thuja.
Promotion of Eco-Tourism
BFS will develop an infrastructure and eco-tourism development plant for Shichangyu village, build a new forest experience center and hiking paths, train villagers in eco-tourism and help them with marketing of the new eco-village in Beijing.
It has long been a problem that in many projects no long-term monitoring is developed. BFS will develop such monitoring for both the biophysical and socio-economic aspects of the project.
Domestic and International Study Tours
In order to deepen the understanding of local forest practitioners in watershed management, BFS will organize two domestic study tours during the duration of the project in order to visit other watersheds. Furthermore twice one person will get to work or study for 3 months abroad with an organization on topics relevant for the project.
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