Informing forest conservation practice with land-use and land-cover change (LCLUC) research across humid and dry tropical forests

Session ID#: 25634

Session Description:
This session will (1) highlight place-based differences in LCLUC processes among tropical humid and dry forests and (2) present key factors needed by policy-makers to execute effective forest conservation and restoration policies across these regions. Although diverse stakeholders recognize the importance of forests for ecosystem services, provision of habitat and natural resources, >40% of global tropical forests are cleared and degraded, and land-use pressures are growing.  Humid and dry tropical forests differ markedly in ecological processes (e.g. growth, disturbance, fire) and socioeconomic contexts (e.g. land tenure, economic activities, connectivity). This session calls for studies that use local or remotely-sensed data to address drivers or ecosystem impacts (biophysical, socioeconomic, political) of LCLUC, applicable to forest conservation or restoration in humid and/or dry tropical forests. We seek to collate evidence for the differing spatial, timescales, biophysical and socioeconomic considerations and monitoring methods needed to develop effective forest conservation policies across these regions.
Primary Convener:  Stephanie Anne Spera, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, United States
Convener:  Marc T Mayes, University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States; Nature Conservancy NatureNet Fellow, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton, NJ, United States

  • B - Biogeosciences
  • SI - Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Azadeh Gholoubi, Utah State University, Logan, UT, United States, Hojat Emami, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, Amin Alizadeh, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Science and water Engineering, Mashhad, Iran and Scott B Jones, Utah State Univ, Logan, UT, United States
Rachael Garrett1, Ilyun Koh1, Yann le Polain de Waroux2, Eric Lambin3, Jude Kastens4 and J. Christopher Brown5, (1)Boston University, Earth and Environment, Boston, MA, United States, (2)McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, (3)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States, (4)Kansas Biological Survey, Lawrence, KS, United States, (5)University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, United States
Meha Jain1, Balwinder Singh2, Amit Srivastava2, Ram K Malik2, Andrew McDonald2 and David B Lobell3, (1)University of Michigan, School for Environment and Sustainability, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, (2)CSISA-CIMMYT, New Delhi, India, (3)Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States
Josh M Gray, North Carolina State University Raleigh, Raleigh, NC, United States, Erin O Sills, North Carolina State University Raleigh, Forestry and Environmental Resources, Raleigh, NC, United States and Megan M Amanatides, Loma Linda, CA, United States
Fernanda Ribeiro1, Dar A Roberts2, Laura L Hess1, Frank W Davis2, Kelly K Caylor3, Janet Nackoney4 and Gabriel Antunes Daldegan2, (1)University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (2)University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (3)Princeton Univ, Princeton, NJ, United States, (4)University of Maryland, Hyattsville, MD, United States
Jeffrey A Cardille and Jacky Lee, McGill University, Natural Resource Sciences, Montreal, QC, Canada