How will urbanization in Southeast Asia affect forests?

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“Floating populations” make it difficult for researchers to determine the exact location of migrants who move from rural areas into cities, research shows — a finding with implications for how land and forests are used. Moreover, measuring the whereabouts of migrants requires a new approach, says the author of the research, a study of boundary crossing in Southeast Asia: Research in Laos, Thailand and Vietnam shows that patterns of mobility among rural villagers have changed dramatically.

In light of the research, Southeast Asia’s forests “need to be as partially reflective of processes — social, economic and environmental — underway in non-forest landscapes, including urban,” the study’s author said.

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