Sustaining conservation values in selectively logged tropical forests: the attained and the attainable

Putz Francis E., Zuidema Pieter A., Synnott Timothy, Peña-Claros Marielos, Pinard Michelle A., Sheil Douglas, Vanclay Jerome K., Sist Plinio, Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, Griscom Bronson, Palmer John, Zagt Roderick. 2012. Sustaining conservation values in selectively logged tropical forests: the attained and the attainable. Conservation Letters, 5 (4) : pp. 296-303.

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Abstract : Most tropical forests outside protected areas have been or will be selectively logged so it is essential to maximize the conservation values of partially harvested areas. Here we examine the extent to which these forests sustain timber production, retain species, and conserve carbon stocks. We then describe some improvements in tropical forestry and how their implementation can be promoted. A simple meta-analysis based on >100 publications revealed substantial variability but that: timber yields decline by about 46% after the first harvest but are subsequently sustained at that level; 76% of carbon is retained in once-logged forests; and, 85-100% of species of mammals, birds, invertebrates, and plants remain after logging. Timber stocks will not regain primary-forest levels within current harvest cycles, but yields increase if collateral damage is reduced and silvicultural treatments are applied. Given that selectively logged forests retain substantial biodiversity, carbon, and timber stocks, this "middle way" between deforestation and total protection deserves more attention from researchers, conservation organizations, and policy-makers. Improvements in forest management are now likely if synergies are enhanced among initiatives to retain forest carbon stocks (REDD+), assure the legality of forest products, certify responsible management, and devolve control over forests to empowered local communities. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : forêt tropicale, Conservation des ressources, Aménagement forestier, Développement durable, Sylviculture, Gestion des ressources, Carbone, Biodiversité

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

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2005-2013) - Agriculture, environnement, nature et sociétés

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Putz Francis E., University of Florida (USA)
  • Zuidema Pieter A., Utrecht University (NLD)
  • Synnott Timothy
  • Peña-Claros Marielos, Wageningen University and Research Centre (NLD)
  • Pinard Michelle A., University of Aberdeen (GBR)
  • Sheil Douglas, ITFC (UGA)
  • Vanclay Jerome K., Southern Cross University (AUS)
  • Sist Plinio, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Gourlet-Fleury Sylvie, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0002-1136-4307
  • Griscom Bronson, TNC (USA)
  • Palmer John, Forest Management Trust (USA)
  • Zagt Roderick, Tropenbos International (NLD)

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