Optimal strategies for ecosystem services provision in Amazonian production forests

Piponiot Camille, Rutishauser Ervan, Derroire Géraldine, Putz Francis E., Sist Plinio, West Thales A.P., Descroix Laurent, Carneiro Guedes Marcelino, Coronado Euridice N. Honorio, Kanashiro Milton, Mazzei Lucas, d’Oliveira Marcus Vinicio Neves, Peña-Claros Marielos, Rodney Ken, Ruschel Ademir R., Rodrigues de Souza Cintia, Vidal Edson, Wortel Verginia, Herault Bruno. 2019. Optimal strategies for ecosystem services provision in Amazonian production forests. Environmental Research Letters, 14 (12):124090, 13 p.

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Abstract : Although tropical forests harbour most of the terrestrial carbon and biological diversity on Earth they continue to be deforested or degraded at high rates. In Amazonia, the largest tropical forest on Earth, a sixth of the remaining natural forests is formally dedicated to timber extraction through selective logging. Reconciling timber extraction with the provision of other ecosystem services (ES) remains a major challenge for forest managers and policy-makers. This study applies a spatial optimisation of logging in Amazonian production forests to analyse potential trade-offs between timber extraction and recovery, carbon storage, and biodiversity conservation. Current logging regulations with unique cutting cycles result in sub-optimal ES-use efficiency. Long-term timber provision would require the adoption of a land-sharing strategy that involves extensive low-intensity logging, although high transport and road-building costs might make this approach economically unattractive. By contrast, retention of carbon and biodiversity would be enhanced by a land-sparing strategy restricting highintensive logging to designated areas such as the outer fringes of the region. Depending on management goals and societal demands, either choice will substantially influence the future of Amazonian forests. Overall, our results highlight the need for revaluation of current logging regulations and regional cooperation among Amazonian countries to enhance coherent and transboundary forest management.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Exploitation forestière, services écosystémiques, forêt primaire, Bois, Conservation de la diversité biologique, Biodiversité, Réglementation forestière, Carbone

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Amazonie

Mots-clés libres : Amazonia, Selective logging, Multi-criteria optimisation, Ecosystem services, Timber production, Carbon, Bodiversity

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

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

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Piponiot Camille, AgroParisTech (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Rutishauser Ervan, Carbofor-Expert (CHE)
  • Derroire Géraldine, CIRAD-ES-UMR Ecofog (GUF) ORCID: 0000-0001-7239-2881
  • Putz Francis E., SCION (NZL)
  • Sist Plinio, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • West Thales A.P., SCION (NZL)
  • Descroix Laurent, ONF (GUF)
  • Carneiro Guedes Marcelino, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Coronado Euridice N. Honorio, IIAP (PER)
  • Kanashiro Milton, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • 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)
  • Ruschel Ademir R., EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Rodrigues de Souza Cintia, EMBRAPA (BRA)
  • Vidal Edson, Universidade de São Paulo (BRA)
  • Wortel Verginia, CELOS (SUR)
  • Herault Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR Forêts et sociétés (CIV) ORCID: 0000-0002-6950-7286

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