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Key gaps in soil monitoring during forest restoration in Colombia


Lozano‐Baez, Sergio Esteban; Domínguez‐Haydar, Yamileth; Meli, Paula; van Meerveld, H J; Vásquez Vásquez, Katherine; Castellini, Mirko (2021). Key gaps in soil monitoring during forest restoration in Colombia. Restoration Ecology, 29(4):e13391.

Abstract

The knowledge of soil indicators during forest restoration is essential for understanding the recovery of ecosystem functionssuch as biomass production and water regulation. Despite this importance, in most restoration programs over the world, thesoil remains under-investigated. Here, we conducted a systematic literature review in order to determine: (1) the extent to whichsoil indicators are monitored during forest restoration in Colombia; (2) the type of soil indicators (e.g. physical, chemical, orbiological) that are used for the monitoring; and (3) the regions where soil indicators are measured. We found 34 studies thatreport soil indicators. The most frequently studied restoration sites were 0–5 years old (36%). The majority (71%) of the studiesonly measured the soil characteristics at the topsoil. Soil sodium (Na) and phosphorus (P) concentrations were the most com-mon chemical soil indicators reported by the studies. Soil biological indicators were the least frequently reported indicators.The studies rarely reported soil indicators that affect water movement directly. Of the retrieved studies, most included infor-mation about old-growth forests (63%) or degraded sites (56%) for comparisons with forests undergoing restoration. Basedon these results we provide recommendations for monitoring soil characteristics to assess the effectiveness of forest restorationprojects in Colombia, and other tropical countries.

Abstract

The knowledge of soil indicators during forest restoration is essential for understanding the recovery of ecosystem functionssuch as biomass production and water regulation. Despite this importance, in most restoration programs over the world, thesoil remains under-investigated. Here, we conducted a systematic literature review in order to determine: (1) the extent to whichsoil indicators are monitored during forest restoration in Colombia; (2) the type of soil indicators (e.g. physical, chemical, orbiological) that are used for the monitoring; and (3) the regions where soil indicators are measured. We found 34 studies thatreport soil indicators. The most frequently studied restoration sites were 0–5 years old (36%). The majority (71%) of the studiesonly measured the soil characteristics at the topsoil. Soil sodium (Na) and phosphorus (P) concentrations were the most com-mon chemical soil indicators reported by the studies. Soil biological indicators were the least frequently reported indicators.The studies rarely reported soil indicators that affect water movement directly. Of the retrieved studies, most included infor-mation about old-growth forests (63%) or degraded sites (56%) for comparisons with forests undergoing restoration. Basedon these results we provide recommendations for monitoring soil characteristics to assess the effectiveness of forest restorationprojects in Colombia, and other tropical countries.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Physical Sciences > Ecology
Physical Sciences > Nature and Landscape Conservation
Uncontrolled Keywords:Nature and Landscape Conservation, Ecology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Language:English
Date:1 May 2021
Deposited On:15 Dec 2021 15:30
Last Modified:16 Jun 2024 03:46
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1061-2971
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/rec.13391