The Way Forward

  • David Lamb
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 8)


The last 100 years has seen a massive assault on the world’s tropical forests. Global statistics on the scale of deforestation and land degradation are surprisingly imprecise but there is no doubt whatsoever of the need for some reforestation to overcome the environmental problems that deforestation and land degradation have unleashed. Though much deforestation was triggered by a search for agricultural land the process has been hugely wasteful and has generated large tracts of under-used or abandoned land. At the same time, deforestation has caused a widespread loss of biodiversity, increased rates of soil erosion, large increases in the emission of greenhouse gases and the persistence of poverty amongst many of the communities living in these landscapes. Perhaps most worrying of all, there is no clear sign that many of these negative trends are slowing. In the meantime, human populations and population densities are continuing to rise.


Ecosystem Service Natural Forest Secondary Forest Land Degradation Carbon Market 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Mined Land RehabilitationUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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