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Welcome to an AF workshop at Belipola!

Analog Forestry is an approach to ecological restoration which uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes. Analog Forestry is a complex and holistic form of silviculture, which minimizes external inputs, such as agrochemicals and fossil fuels, instead fostering ecological function for resilience and productivity. Analog Forestry values not only ecological sustainability, but recognizes local rural communities’ social and economic needs.

Analog Foresty design incorporates a set of easy to use tools that allow designers to understand, evaluate and design forest ecosystems based on the principles observed in healthy, mature systems. The design tools are accessible to anyone with any level of experience working with landscapes.Analog Forestry is an approach to ecological restoration which uses natural forests as guides to create ecologically stable and socio-economically productive landscapes. Analog Forestry is a complex and holistic form of silviculture, which minimizes external inputs, such as agrochemicals and fossil fuels, instead fostering ecological function for resilience and productivity. Analog Forestry values not only ecological sustainability, but recognizes local rural communities’ social and economic needs.

Workshop topics include

  • What is a forest?
  • Principles of design
  • Mapping
  • Soil
  • Nursery management
  • Ecological farming
  • Ecological evaluation
  • Building robust databases
  • Gap analysis “Reading the forest”
  • Forest Garden Products
  • Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)

About Belipola

Belipola is the world’s first Analog Forestry testing site, and is therefore the ideal place to learn from the real world application of this design science.

We have several demonstration plots, a working nursery, an ecological farm, community kitchen and small processing unit. We offer training in our outdoor classroom as well as in the field to connect theories and concepts with practical hands-on exercises. You will also be able to see first hand how forest gardens are able to provide food, income and many other critical services.

To register please fill in the form here.

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