A Descriptive Plantation Typology by D'Amato et al.

The article by D'Amato et al. proposes a typology for tree-plantations, which could potentially be adapted to non-tree plantations. The aim of the typology is to enable comparability between plantation types and related ecological and socio-economic outcomes. Eleven variables are described and discussed, which are propaedeutic to identify combinations of plantation types. Along with the typology, a code system is presented as a form of nomenclature of plantation types. The article can be viewed freely at http://rdcu.be/vmYQ.

Abstract: The aim of this review is to identify a comprehensive set of variables that can describe the range of different plantation types, specifically (but not exclusively) in the context of forestry. The typology was developed based on a participatory and iterative analytical process involving several expert stakeholders. The variables that contribute to construct ing the typology are presented and explained in light of their influence on ecological and socio-economic outcomes.  The typology is then tested using three case studies. A code system is presented that scholars and practitioners can use to classify plantation types and provide the basis to aid further analyses.