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000032347 041__ $$aEnglish
000032347 100__ $$aChazdon, R. L.
000032347 245__ $$aWhen Is a Forest a Forest? Forest Concepts and Definitions in the Era of Forest and Landscape Restoration
000032347 260__ $$c2016
000032347 300__ $$a538-550
000032347 520__ $$aWe present a historical overview of forest concepts and definitions, linking these changes with distinct perspectives and management objectives. Policies dealing with a broad range of forest issues are often based on definitions created for the purpose of assessing global forest stocks, which do not distinguish between natural and planted forests or reforests, and which have not proved useful in assessing national and global rates of forest regrowth and restoration. Implementing and monitoring forest and landscape restoration requires additional approaches to defining and assessing forests that reveal the qualities and trajectories of forest patches in a spatially and temporally dynamic landscape matrix. New technologies and participatory assessment of forest states and trajectories offer the potential to operationalize such definitions. Purpose-built and contextualized definitions are needed to support policies that successfully protect, sustain, and regrow forests at national and global scales. We provide a framework to illustrate how different management objectives drive the relative importance of different aspects of forest state, dynamics, and landscape context.
000032347 700__ $$aBrancalion, P. H. S.
000032347 700__ $$aLaestadius, L.
000032347 700__ $$aBennett-Curry, A.
000032347 700__ $$aBuckingham, K.
000032347 700__ $$aKumar, C.
000032347 700__ $$aMoll-Rocek, J.
000032347 700__ $$aVieira, I. C. G.
000032347 700__ $$aWilson, S. J.
000032347 773__ $$pAmbio
000032347 773__ $$v45 (5)
000032347 773__ $$a10.1007/s13280-016-0772-y
000032347 8564_ $$uhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-016-0772-y$$yExternal link (open access)
000032347 980__ $$aARTICLE