Approaches to forest protection for climate change, sustainable development and ecosystem services
The world’s remaining primary forests – those still dominated by natural processes, where industrial land use has yet to impact – are irreplaceable sanctuaries for much of the world’s biodiversity, play a significant role in global climate, and support the sustainable livelihoods of their indigenous custodians.
Despite their many values, the world community, most national governments and an alarming number of major environmental organisations continue to further policies that to date have failed to halt the ongoing degradation and clearing of primary forests.
In fact, many of their forest policies and programs are focussed on either restoring degraded forest land or unintentionally undermine the integrity of primary forests by subsidising and promoting destructive land uses including industrial logging, mining and ranching.
This project seeks to address this policy gap by generating the evidence to support better approaches to protect tropical primary forest in the face of rapidly changing climate.