Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Socioeconomic attributes of trees and tree planting.

Abstract

This study explores the socioeconomically relevant characteristics of trees and discusses how they enter into attempts to make an unbiased choice of species for different users and circumstances. The practical purpose of the report is to arrive at a decision making framework which will help to improve the standard of project planning and documentation in agroforestry and in community, farm and social forestry. There are 4 chapters: Background to the study; The socioeconomic attributes of trees; What we can learn from the great Eucalyptus debate?; and Choosing the right tree for the job. The 3 appendices at the end of the report, which make up nearly two-thirds of the whole (1) present a diagnostic checklist, (2) discuss the range of options for tree planting, and (3) discuss matching technologies to users - various types of agroforestry systems, woodlots, orchards, soil conservation structures, fallow systems etc. are given as examples.