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Title: Loss in species caused by tropical deforestation and their recovery through management

Author: Lugo, Ariel E.; Parrotta, John A.; Brown, Sandra;

Date: 1993

Source: Ambio

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The loss of species as a result of deforestation and degradation of tropical forest lands is widely discussed. Models based on island biogeography theory are used to evaluate the relationship between extinctions of species and deforestation. The analysis shows that natural resiliency causes the models to overestimate the rates of species extinctions for given intensities of deforestation. There is an opportunity to couple natural processes with management activities to reduce species extinctions and restore species richness to degraded lands. As an example we show how tropical monoculture tree plantations can foster diverse native forests in areas previously deforested. The central point is that well-directed human actions provide us with the means to conserve biodiversity and restore it in locations previously degraded.

Keywords: biodiversity, tropical deforestation, restoration

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Lugo, Ariel E.; Parrotta, John A.; Brown, Sandra. 1993. Loss in species caused by tropical deforestation and their recovery through management. Ambio 22(2-3): 106-109.


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