Can timber provision from Amazonian production forests be sustainable?

Piponiot-Laroche Camille, Rödig Edna, Putz Francis E., Rutishauser Ervan, Sist Plinio, Ascarrunz Nataly, Blanc Lilian, Derroire Géraldine, Descroix Laurent, Carneiro Guedes Marcelino, Honorio Coronado Eurídice N., Huth Andreas, Kanashiro Milton, Licona Juan Carlos, Mazzei Lucas, d’Oliveira Marcus Vinicio Neves, Peña-Claros Marielos, Rodney Ken, Shenkin Alexander, Rodrigues de Souza Cintia, Vidal Edson, West Thales A.P., Wortel Verginia, Herault Bruno. 2019. Can timber provision from Amazonian production forests be sustainable?. Environmental Research Letters, 14:064014, 11 p.

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Abstract : Around 30 Mm3 of sawlogs are extracted annually by selective logging of natural production forests in Amazonia, Earth's most extensive tropical forest. Decisions concerning the management of these production forests will be of major importance for Amazonian forests' fate. To date, no regional assessment of selective logging sustainability supports decision-making. Based on data from 3500 ha of forest inventory plots, our modelling results show that the average periodic harvests of 20 m3 ha−1 will not recover by the end of a standard 30 year cutting cycle. Timber recovery within a cutting cycle is enhanced by commercial acceptance of more species and with the adoption of longer cutting cycles and lower logging intensities. Recovery rates are faster in Western Amazonia than on the Guiana Shield. Our simulations suggest that regardless of cutting cycle duration and logging intensities, selectively logged forests are unlikely to meet timber demands over the long term as timber stocks are predicted to steadily decline. There is thus an urgent need to develop an integrated forest resource management policy that combines active management of production forests with the restoration of degraded and secondary forests for timber production. Without better management, reduced timber harvests and continued timber production declines are unavoidable.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Exploitation forestière, Forêt de production, Rotation de coupe, Gestion des ressources, Bois, Grume de sciage, Durabilité

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Amazonie, Brésil, Guyana, Guyane française, Suriname, Venezuela (District capital), Colombie

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

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 1 (2019-) - Biodiversité

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Piponiot-Laroche Camille, CIRAD-ES-UMR Ecofog (GUF) - auteur correspondant
  • Rödig Edna, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (DEU)
  • Putz Francis E., University of Florida (USA)
  • Rutishauser Ervan, Carbofor-Expert (CHE)
  • Sist Plinio, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA)
  • Ascarrunz Nataly, IBIF (BOL)
  • Blanc Lilian, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (FRA)
  • Derroire Géraldine, CIRAD-ES-UMR Ecofog (GUF) ORCID: 0000-0001-7239-2881
  • Descroix Laurent, ONF (GUF)
  • Carneiro Guedes Marcelino, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Honorio Coronado Eurídice N., IIAP (PER)
  • Huth Andreas, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (DEU)
  • Kanashiro Milton, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Licona Juan Carlos, IBIF (BOL)
  • Mazzei Lucas, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • d’Oliveira Marcus Vinicio Neves, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Peña-Claros Marielos, Wageningen University and Research Centre (NLD)
  • Rodney Ken, Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development (GUF)
  • Shenkin Alexander, UCR (USA)
  • Rodrigues de Souza Cintia, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Vidal Edson, Universidade de São Paulo (BRA)
  • West Thales A.P., UCR (USA)
  • Wortel Verginia, CELOS (SUR)
  • Herault Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (CIV) ORCID: 0000-0002-6950-7286

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