About half of the world’s tropical forests have suffered some form of clearing, mostly for conversion to agricultural land. This has generated significant carbon emissions, depleted important ecosystem services (such as flood mitigation) and threatened global biodiversity. Natural forest regeneration following retirement of agricultural land will help to reverse these declines.
This fact sheet discusses the nature of regrowth in rainforest landscapes, its pathways of development, associated uncertainties, and how it could be harnessed in conservation efforts.
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