How best to restore degraded tropical forests, and what do they do when left to their own devices? A new paper seeks to find some of the answers to these questions…
Today our work on the recovery of secondary tropical forests got published in Royal Society Proceedings B. I’m really chuffed with this piece of work and in this blog I’m going to summarise what we found out and why I think it’s important. If you want to read the paper you can get it here.
Large areas of tropical forest have been cleared for agriculture over the last 100 years.
Why does this matter? Well it matters because these forests are vital for the unique biodiversity in the tropics but also because humans can benefit from them remaining intact.
Their loss causes extinction, release of carbon into the atmosphere – worsening climate change, and changes the ecosystem services we get from these forests.
Because of the importance of these forests their restoration is seen as a priority by some. There are valiant attempts to restore tropical forests in…
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