The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems

Watson, James, Evans, Tom, Venter, Oscar, Williams, Brooke, Tulloch, Ayesha, Stewart, Claire, Thompson, Ian, Ray, Justina C., Murray, Kris, Salazar, Alvaro, Mcalpine, Clive, Potapov, Peter, Walston, Joe, Robinson, John G., Painter, Michael, Wilkie, David, Filardi, Christopher, Laurance, William F., Houghton, Richard A., Maxwell, Sean, Granthem, Hedley, Samper, Cristián, Wang, Stephanie, Laestadius, Lars, Runting, Rebecca K., Silva-Chávez, Gustavo A., Ervin, Jamison, and Lindenmayer, David (2018) The exceptional value of intact forest ecosystems. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2. pp. 599-610.

[img] PDF (Published Version) - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

View at Publisher Website: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0490-...
 
105
1


Abstract

As the terrestrial human footprint continues to expand, the amount of native forest that is free from significant damaging human activities is in precipitous decline. There is emerging evidence that the remaining intact forest supports an exceptional confluence of globally significant environmental values relative to degraded forests, including imperilled biodiversity, carbon sequestration and storage, water provision, indigenous culture and the maintenance of human health. Here we argue that maintaining and, where possible, restoring the integrity of dwindling intact forests is an urgent priority for current global efforts to halt the ongoing biodiversity crisis, slow rapid climate change and achieve sustainability goals. Retaining the integrity of intact forest ecosystems should be a central component of proactive global and national environmental strategies, alongside current efforts aimed at halting deforestation and promoting reforestation.

Item ID: 53279
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2397-334X
Keywords: deforestation, habitat fragmentation, intact ecosystems, roads, wilderness, wildlife
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2018 00:51
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified @ 100%
Downloads: Total: 1
More Statistics

Actions (Repository Staff Only)

Item Control Page Item Control Page