Action

Use shading for planted trees

How is the evidence assessed?
  • Effectiveness
    85%
  • Certainty
    23%
  • Harms
    0%

Source countries

Key messages

  • One replicated, controlled study in Panama found that shading increased the survival rate of planted native tree seedlings.

 

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Supporting evidence from individual studies

  1. A replicated, controlled study in 1996-1997 in degraded tropical forest in Panama (Hooper, Condit & Legendre 2002) found that shading increased the survival of planted native tree seedlings. The proportion of seedlings that survived out of those that germinated was higher in 75% shaded (74%) and 95% shaded plots (78%) than unshaded plots (39%). Data were collected in July 1997 in three treatment subplots (1×8 m): 95% shaded, 75% shaded and unshaded, in each of five plots, replicated in five sites. Each subplot was planted with 10 seeds of each of 20 native tree species in July 1996-March 1997. In all plots wild sugarcane Saccharum spontaneum was hand-cut three times during the experiment.

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Agra H., Schowanek S., Carmel Y., Smith R.K. & Ne’eman G. (2019) Forest Conservation. Pages 331-347 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2019. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.

 

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