Forest transitions: towards a global understanding of land use change uri icon

abstract

  • Places experience forest transitions when declines in forest cover cease and recoveriesin forest cover begin. Forest transitions have occurred in two, sometimes overlappingcircumstances. In some places economic development has created enough non-farmjobs to pull farmers off of the land, thereby inducing the spontaneous regeneration offorests in old fields. In other places a scarcity of forest products has promptedgovernments and landowners to plant trees in some fields. The transitions do little toconserve biodiversity, but they do sequester carbon and conserve soil, so governmentsshould place a high priority on promoting them

publication date

  • 2005