Drivers and consequences of tropical forest transitions: options to bypass land degradation?
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Meyfroidt P, van Noordwijk M, Minang PA, Dewi S, Lambin EF. 2011. Drivers and consequences of tropical forest transitions: options to bypass land degradation? Nairobi, Kenya: ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/42016
Internet URL: http://www.asb.cgiar.org/PDFwebdocs/ASB%20PB_25.pdf
The early studies of the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins stratified the domain for study into stages of a generic transition pathway that suggested a strongly non-linear trajectory of change. In this scheme, a phase of degradation of aboveground vegetation, based on over-logging or shortening fallow cycles in intensified swiddens can lead to a grass-fire cycle that needs special conditions to allow successful rehabilitation. Many places with current agroforestry and tree mosaics have gone through such a phase. A new review of the global literature on these forest transitions by Meyfroidt and Lambin (2011) framed important conclusions.