Voices from Developing Countries
A biodiversity paradox is happening: the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth are also places highly vulnerable to destruction and degradation. Local and indigenous communities, environmental practitioners and scientists from developing countries are often at the forefront of the socioecological and conservation movement in these regions, from Central and South America, to Africa, to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. However, our experiences and perspectives, ideas and innovations, are often lost or rarely heard. This blog aims to give a voice to our work.
Droughts have a significant & long-lasting change on tree and liana regeneration in a monodominant Amazon forest
Monodominant tropical forests, especially those not associated with flooded environments, are rare and still poorly understood. In the transition between Cerrado and the Amazon rainforest biomes in Brazil, lies patches of monodominant forests of “Pau-Brasil” or Bloodwood cacique (Brosimum rubescens, Figure 1). The structure of these forests have trees of different sizes and represents about… Read more
Loud, gigantic, and scary! This was my first impression of a skidder – a heavy vehicle used in cutting trees. Multiple trees are crushed to access one large Amazonian log. This was the logging operations that occurred in the Jamari National Forest in the Rondônia State of Brazil. Logging tropical trees is simultaneously an art… Read more
Travel through the rainforest in Guyana, in northern South America, and you’ll often hear the indigenous adage: “a forest has no end and no beginning” to explain their natural cycle of disturbance and recovery. For the people who live in these forests, their experiences are based on decades of slash and burn cultivation, from which… Read more
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