publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

An operational framework for defining and monitoring forest degradation.

Ian D. Thompson; Manuel R. Guariguata; Kimiko Okabe; Carlos Bahamondez; Robert Nasi; Victoria Heymell; Cesar Sabogal;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2013 Journal: Ecology and Society, volume 18 (issn: 1708-3087, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Resilience Alliance, Inc.
Abstract
Forest degradation is broadly defined as a reduction in the capacity of a forest to produce ecosystem services such as carbon storage and wood products as a result of anthropogenic and environmental changes. The main causes of degradation include unsustainable logging, agriculture, invasive species, fire, fuelwood gathering, and livestock grazing. Forest degradation is widespread and has become an important consideration in global policy processes that deal with biodiversity, climate change, and forest management. There is, however, no generally recognized way to identify a degraded forest because perceptions of forest degradation vary depending on the cause, th...
Subjects
free text keywords: Ecology, Ecosystem services, Ecosystem management, Forest management, Environmental resource management, business.industry, business, Deforestation, Ecoforestry, Forest restoration, Forest ecology, Intact forest landscape, Economics, biodiversity, carbon, criteria and indicators, forest degradation, remote sensing, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, QH540-549.5
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2013

An operational framework for defining and monitoring forest degradation.

Ian D. Thompson; Manuel R. Guariguata; Kimiko Okabe; Carlos Bahamondez; Robert Nasi; Victoria Heymell; Cesar Sabogal;