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Forests: Looking to the Future

This is a cross-journal collection which contains articles from Carbon Balance and Management and BMC Ecology.

The International Year of Forests, declared by the UN in 2011, was a good occasion to discuss approaches to reducing forest degradation in developing countries. The articles collected in ‘Forests: Looking to the Future’ formed a diversity of ideas which is essential for setting the levels below which the countries' reduced emissions could be measured and credited.

  1. Disturbance is an important process structuring ecosystems worldwide and has long been thought to be a significant driver of diversity and dynamics. In forests, most studies of disturbance have focused on larg...

    Authors: Simon A Queenborough, Margaret R Metz, Thorsten Wiegand and Renato Valencia

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2012 12:3

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The paper reviews a number of challenges associated with reducing degradation and its related emissions through national approaches to REDD+ under UNFCCC policy. It proposes that in many countries, it may in t...

    Authors: Margaret M Skutsch, Arturo Balderas Torres, Tuyeni H Mwampamba, Adrian Ghilardi and Martin Herold

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:16

    Content type: Review

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  3. Reducing carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is of central importance to combat climate change. Foremost among the challenges is quantifying nation's carbon emissions from deforestation...

    Authors: Mehraj A Sheikh, Munesh Kumar, Rainer W Bussman and NP Todaria

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:15

    Content type: Research

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  4. Globally, forests cover nearly one third of the land area and they contain over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. Both the extent and quality of forest habitat continue to decrease and the associated loss of bi...

    Authors: Raf Aerts and Olivier Honnay

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:29

    Content type: Review

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  5. To identify the determinants of invasiveness, comparisons of traits of invasive and native species are commonly performed. Invasiveness is generally linked to higher values of reproductive, physiological and g...

    Authors: Annabel J Porté, Laurent J Lamarque, Christopher J Lortie, Richard Michalet and Sylvain Delzon

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:28

    Content type: Research article

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  6. South America is one of the most species diverse continents in the world. Within South America diversity is not distributed evenly at both local and continental scales and this has led to the recognition of va...

    Authors: Tiina Särkinen, João RV Iganci, Reynaldo Linares-Palomino, Marcelo F Simon and Darién E Prado

    Citation: BMC Ecology 2011 11:27

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Standing dead trees are one component of forest ecosystem dead wood carbon (C) pools, whose national stock is estimated by the U.S. as required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His...

    Authors: Grant M Domke, Christopher W Woodall and James E Smith

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:14

    Content type: Research

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  8. Measuring forest degradation and related forest carbon stock changes is more challenging than measuring deforestation since degradation implies changes in the structure of the forest and does not entail a chan...

    Authors: Martin Herold, Rosa María Román-Cuesta, Danilo Mollicone, Yasumasa Hirata, Patrick Van Laake, Gregory P Asner, Carlos Souza, Margaret Skutsch, Valerio Avitabile and Ken MacDicken

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:13

    Content type: Review

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  9. The International Year of Forests, declared by the UN, is a good occasion to discuss approaches to reducing forest degradation in developing countries. The articles collected in Thematic Forest Series form a d...

    Authors: Georgii A Alexandrov

    Citation: Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:12

    Content type: Editorial

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