About this Research Topic
(i) the definition of intact forests (which is context-dependent) and where they are to be found today, spanning tropical, temperate and boreal forest biomes;
(ii) the agents and rates of change in intact forests, and the drivers and geography of these changes;
(iii) comparisons of the functions and services that intact forests provide, compared to more heavily modified forests, including biodiversity, carbon storage, fire resilience, and water cycling;
(iv) the interactions and trade-offs between sustainable forest harvesting ;
(v) the policy options that exist to protect and manage intact forests;
(vi) the international policy levers and financial instruments that can be leveraged to protect intact forests;
(vii) the interaction between indigenous peoples and other traditional peoples play and the management and protection of intact forests;
(viii) evaluations of the effectiveness of existing and past intact forest protection.
Keywords: Forests, Human Impact, Defaunation, Logging, Fire, Climate Change, Sustainability, Intact Forests, Forest Management, Forest Policy
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