Timber, fruit/nut trees, trees for oil extraction as well as crops and native species
Syntropic farming* is an intensive form of agroforestry that imitates the nature, in order to provide yields at all stages of succession, generate its own fertility, and with the goal of creating a productive forest that mimics the structure and function of the native forests.
The system become autonomous from any chemical inputs (fertilizer, pesticides, weed control). It just requires strategic pruning.
Syntropic farming can be used to rehabilitate degraded land and turn them into super fertile soils producing high outputs in a fully sustainable manner.
Agroforestry, including Eucalyptus, can benefit from such schemes
the process of changing species when a climax community evolves, each consortium creates the conditions for the next consortium and its composition of species, complexity and efficiency are increasing.
Consortia of plants which are beneficial for each other, higher density optimizes the use of space, sunlight, nutrient cycle, mycorrhiza.
Permanent soil cover with plants or organic matter (from weeding, pruning or removed plants) -> to sequester carbon, prevent soil erosion, store water, give nutrients + support soil life.
Cutting branches to rejuvenate maturing plants, accelerates the growth rate, increases the amount of sunlight for other plants, increases nutrient cycle, directs process of natural succession.
Continuous cycle of observing, acting and learning.
By mimicking and accelerating the natural processes (nature is the most efficient system).
Native species focussing on conservation
A native forest conservation plantation would replicate the Upper Guinean forest, a global biodiversity hotspot.
Endemic species such as chimpanzee, leopard, hippopotamus, Ogilby’s duiker, African golden cat will be promoted as their habitat will be replicated.
In a native forest we are assured that the species are adapted to the local climate : the long rainy season (9 months) and dry season (3 months).