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Diversity for Restoration (D4R) tool

4th July, 2023 Environment

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  • Researchers from Bioversity International have devised a tool named Diversity for Restoration (D4R) for promoting restoration programmes in India.
  • Another team from Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment helped these researchers to modify the tool for Indian conditions.

Other Details

  • In countries like Malaysia, Ethiopia, Columbia, Peru, Burkina Faso, Cameroon the tool is already in use.
  • It is modified for India and provides recommendations about a particular tree species for plantations in a specific location.
  • This tool will serve the purpose of socio-ecologically responsible restoration and will benefit local communities.

Significance of the tool

  • This tool is being claimed to help in enabling appropriate agroforestry and aiding systematic ecosystem restoration programmes in India.
  • By using this tool tree species, which match the restoration objectives, are identified along with their ecological benefits.
  • It helps in identifying the best suited tree species for a particular geographical region. Hence it promotes sustainable development.
  • It will also help in success of restoration of land and ecosystems with minimum instances of failure of plantation programme.
  • Thus better decision would be taken regarding selection of the species suitable to local environmental, soil, and geographical conditions.
  • This tool contains information on 100 plant functional traits of 237 important native trees of Western Ghats which have socio-economic significance.
  • Functional trait provides information on economic and ecological uses of tree like timber, medicine, fruits or other commercial benefits.
  • Habitat suitability, threat status are also considered by this tool while identifying suitable species.


Consider the following statements about Diversity for Restoration (D4R) tool:

1. It is a tool developed to enable proper agroforestry and aids in systematic ecosystem restoration programmes.

2. The tool will be used first time in the world for eco-restoration initiatives.

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

A. 1 only

B. 2 only

C. Both 1 and 2

D. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (B)