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Tropical Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation

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Although tropical forests are the sources of timber, carbon storage, and other ecosystem services important for supporting agricultural production and human survival, long-term availability of these sources has however been threatened by unsustainable selective logging. Worse yet, clearing for industrial crop plantations caused significant loss of forests, resulting in huge carbon emissions from tropical forests. Recent studies have attempted to assess the roles of selective logging, forest certification, genetic-based timber tracking, and carbon-based financial incentives in sustainable management of tropical forests but their results remain unclear. The adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement has strengthened the increasing need for managing tropical forests under the REDD+ scheme. This Research Topic provides a forum for scientists and practitioners to share their experiences and future directions on sustainable management of tropical forests for timber production and climate change mitigation.

This Research Topic focuses on

• Selective logging practices in the production forests (concession and community forests)
• Timber production and forest regrowth under conventional and reduced impact logging
• Cost analysis of selective logging practices
• Conceptual framework for improving tropical forest management for carbon incentives
• Methods for monitoring selectively logged forests
• Forest certification and timber supply chain
• Effectiveness of national legislation and timber legality
• Tools and technologies to enforce national legislation on tropical timber import
• Carbon fluxes in harvested wood products

All submissions should contain two or more of the specified keywords [REDD+ scheme, sustainable management of forests, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration]. Papers that focus solely on timber production will not be considered.


Keywords: REDD+ scheme, sustainable management of forests, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Although tropical forests are the sources of timber, carbon storage, and other ecosystem services important for supporting agricultural production and human survival, long-term availability of these sources has however been threatened by unsustainable selective logging. Worse yet, clearing for industrial crop plantations caused significant loss of forests, resulting in huge carbon emissions from tropical forests. Recent studies have attempted to assess the roles of selective logging, forest certification, genetic-based timber tracking, and carbon-based financial incentives in sustainable management of tropical forests but their results remain unclear. The adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement has strengthened the increasing need for managing tropical forests under the REDD+ scheme. This Research Topic provides a forum for scientists and practitioners to share their experiences and future directions on sustainable management of tropical forests for timber production and climate change mitigation.

This Research Topic focuses on

• Selective logging practices in the production forests (concession and community forests)
• Timber production and forest regrowth under conventional and reduced impact logging
• Cost analysis of selective logging practices
• Conceptual framework for improving tropical forest management for carbon incentives
• Methods for monitoring selectively logged forests
• Forest certification and timber supply chain
• Effectiveness of national legislation and timber legality
• Tools and technologies to enforce national legislation on tropical timber import
• Carbon fluxes in harvested wood products

All submissions should contain two or more of the specified keywords [REDD+ scheme, sustainable management of forests, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration]. Papers that focus solely on timber production will not be considered.


Keywords: REDD+ scheme, sustainable management of forests, carbon emissions, carbon sequestration


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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08 December 2017 Manuscript
31 January 2018 Manuscript Extension

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31 January 2018 Manuscript Extension

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