CIFOR at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

ATBC 2017: Ecological and social dimensions of tropical biodiversity conservation

9-14 July, 2017
Merida - Yucatan, Mexico
Wednesday | 17:30-19:00 | Yucatan 1 & 2

The Role of Tropical Secondary Forests in Conservation and Restoration

Presently, secondary forest regrowth following agricultural land use represents a major component of human modified landscapes across the tropics. In this panel, researchers from different disciplines, organizations, and countries, will discuss the importance of second-growth forests for conserving and restoring biodiversity, and recovering ecosystem functions and services. The panel will address questions regarding the biophysical, socio-economic, and cultural opportunities and limitations of secondary forest for conservation and restoration, and on the role of second-growth forest in achieving international goals such as the United Nations Aichi Biodiversity Targets. 

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Key governance issues and the fate of secondary forests as a tool for large-scale forest restoration


F. Bongers. Senior Professor, Forest Ecology and Management Group, Wageningen University, Netherlands


Robin Chazdon
Thomas Rudel
Bernardo Baeta Neves Strassburg
Laura C. Schneider  
Manuel R. Guariguata