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Forests: Looking to the Future

This is a cross-journal collection which contains articles from Carbon Balance and Management and BMC Ecology.

The International Year of Forests, declared by the UN in 2011, was a good occasion to discuss approaches to reducing forest degradation in developing countries. The articles collected in ‘Forests: Looking to the Future’ formed a diversity of ideas which is essential for setting the levels below which the countries' reduced emissions could be measured and credited.

  1. Review

    Dealing with locally-driven degradation: A quick start option under REDD+

    The paper reviews a number of challenges associated with reducing degradation and its related emissions through national approaches to REDD+ under UNFCCC policy. It proposes that in many countries, it may in t...

    Margaret M Skutsch, Arturo Balderas Torres, Tuyeni H Mwampamba, Adrian Ghilardi and Martin Herold

    Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:16

    Published on: 28 December 2011

  2. Research

    Forest carbon stocks and fluxes in physiographic zones of India

    Reducing carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) is of central importance to combat climate change. Foremost among the challenges is quantifying nation's carbon emissions from deforestation...

    Mehraj A Sheikh, Munesh Kumar, Rainer W Bussman and NP Todaria

    Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:15

    Published on: 25 December 2011

  3. Editorial

    Forest cover: setting targets for the future

    The International Year of Forests, declared by the UN, is a good occasion to discuss approaches to reducing forest degradation in developing countries. The articles collected in Thematic Forest Series form a d...

    Georgii A Alexandrov

    Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:12

    Published on: 24 November 2011

  4. Research

    Accounting for density reduction and structural loss in standing dead trees: Implications for forest biomass and carbon stock estimates in the United States

    Standing dead trees are one component of forest ecosystem dead wood carbon (C) pools, whose national stock is estimated by the U.S. as required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His...

    Grant M Domke, Christopher W Woodall and James E Smith

    Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:14

    Published on: 24 November 2011

  5. Review

    Options for monitoring and estimating historical carbon emissions from forest degradation in the context of REDD+

    Measuring forest degradation and related forest carbon stock changes is more challenging than measuring deforestation since degradation implies changes in the structure of the forest and does not entail a chan...

    Martin Herold, Rosa María Román-Cuesta, Danilo Mollicone, Yasumasa Hirata, Patrick Van Laake, Gregory P Asner, Carlos Souza, Margaret Skutsch, Valerio Avitabile and Ken MacDicken

    Carbon Balance and Management 2011 6:13

    Published on: 24 November 2011

  6. Review

    Forest restoration, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

    Globally, forests cover nearly one third of the land area and they contain over 80% of terrestrial biodiversity. Both the extent and quality of forest habitat continue to decrease and the associated loss of bi...

    Raf Aerts and Olivier Honnay

    BMC Ecology 2011 11:29

    Published on: 24 November 2011

  7. Research article

    Invasive Acer negundo outperforms native species in non-limiting resource environments due to its higher phenotypic plasticity

    To identify the determinants of invasiveness, comparisons of traits of invasive and native species are commonly performed. Invasiveness is generally linked to higher values of reproductive, physiological and g...

    Annabel J Porté, Laurent J Lamarque, Christopher J Lortie, Richard Michalet and Sylvain Delzon

    BMC Ecology 2011 11:28

    Published on: 24 November 2011

  8. Research article

    Forgotten forests - issues and prospects in biome mapping using Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests as a case study

    South America is one of the most species diverse continents in the world. Within South America diversity is not distributed evenly at both local and continental scales and this has led to the recognition of va...

    Tiina Särkinen, João RV Iganci, Reynaldo Linares-Palomino, Marcelo F Simon and Darién E Prado

    BMC Ecology 2011 11:27

    Published on: 24 November 2011

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