Current knowledge of general patterns of biomass dynamics after logging in Amazonian forests

Sist Plinio, Blanc Lilian, Mazzei Lucas, Baraloto Christopher. 2011. Current knowledge of general patterns of biomass dynamics after logging in Amazonian forests. In : Research priorities in tropical silviculture: towards new paradigms ? : IUFRO International Conference, Montpellier, France, 15-18 November 2011, Abstracts. Sist Plinio (ed.). IUFRO, CIRAD, CIFOR, ECOFOR. Vienne : IUFRO, p. 43. IUFRO International Conference on Research Priorities in Tropical Silviculture, Montpellier, France, 15 November 2011/18 November 2011.

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Abstract : Sustainable management of tropical forests for timber production has been proposed as a potential tool for the conservation of large areas of tropical forest. The key is to identify practices that promote repeated extraction of forest goods (timber and non timber forests products) without compromising important forest services (e.g., biodiversity and carbon). Currently, 350 million hectares of tropical moist forests worldwide are designated as production forests, about a quarter of which is managed by rural communities and indigenous people. Yet general management guidelines remain elusive, in large part because not only harvesting practices but also forest types vary broadly both within and among regions. For example, the Amazon region shows a strong east-west gradient in both floristic composition and forest dynamics. This paper presents a literature review of our present knowledge of the biomass dynamics of tropical forests in the Amazon after logging. The objectives are (i) to disentangle the mechanisms behind different types of responses in different forests; and (ii) to propose research priorities to improve forest management guidelines so that they better reflect the gradient of forest types across the region. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Abattage d'arbres, forêt tropicale, Évaluation de l'impact, Écologie forestière, Dynamique des populations, gestion des ressources naturelles, Biomasse, Exploitation forestière

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Amazonie

Classification Agris : F40 - Plant ecology
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K10 - Forestry production

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Sist Plinio, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Blanc Lilian, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (BRA)
  • Mazzei Lucas, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Baraloto Christopher, INRA (GUF)

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