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Deforestation rates higher in ‘protected’ forests than in community managed areas, study says #forestry #deforestation

30 Aug 2011: Deforestation Rates Higher In ‘Protected’ Forests, Study Says A new study says deforestation rates in tropical forests designated as “protected” areas are typically much higher than in community-managed forests . In a comparison of recent studies covering 40 protected areas and 33 community forests in 16 countries — including 11 in Latin America, three in Asia, and two in Africa — researchers found that protected areas lost an average of 1.47 percent of forest cover annually while community-managed forests lost only about 0.24 percent per year. “Our findings suggest that a forest put away behind a fence and designated ‘protected’ doesn’t necessarily guarantee that canopy cover will be maintained over the long term compared to forests managed by local communities,” said Manuel Guariguata, a senior scientist with the Center for International Forestry Research an...

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