Primary forests play a significant role in global climate
'Primary forests' are those still dominated by natural processes where industrial land use has yet to impact. They are irreplaceable sanctuaries for much of the world's biodiversity, play a significant role in global climate, and support the livelihoods of indigenous custodians. Only about 9% of the Earth's land surface is primary forest cover. Primary forests store 30-70% more carbon than logged or degraded forests.
The importance of primary forests
Regenerative forest economies
Two primary forest research projects
The Griffith Climate Change Response Program is working with national and global partners on two research projects which consider the two main types of primary forests:
- Tropical primary forests
- Boreal and temperate primary forests
Tropical primary forests are largely in tropical humid forests including Amazon in Brazil and Congo in Africa. Boreal forest is found in a nearly continuous belt across North America and Eurasia.
Both projects aim to:
- improve the global information base on primary forests
- examine the benefits, including economic, that arise from their protection
- identify threats to their ongoing integrity
- explore policy options for their protection
- investigate on-ground implementation issues through case studies