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Multidimensional tropical forest recovery

Lourens Poorter 1 Dylan Craven 2 Catarina Jakovac 1, 3 Masha van der Sande 1 Lucy Amissah 4 Frans Bongers 1 Robin Chazdon 5 Caroline Farrior 6 Stephan Kambach 7 Jorge Meave 8 Rodrigo Muñoz 1, 8 Natalia Norden 9 Nadja Rüger 7, 10 Michiel van Breugel 11 Angélica María Almeyda Zambrano 12 Bienvenu Amani 13 José Luis Andrade Pedro Brancalion 14 Eben Broadbent 12 Hubert de Foresta 15 Daisy Dent Géraldine Derroire Saara Dewalt Juan Dupuy Sandra Durán Alfredo Fantini Bryan Finegan Alma Hernández-Jaramillo José Luis Hernández-Stefanoni Peter Hietz André Junqueira Justin Kassi N’dja Susan Letcher Madelon Lohbeck René López-Camacho Miguel Martínez-Ramos Felipe Melo Francisco Mora Sandra Müller Anny N’guessan Florian Oberleitner Edgar Ortiz-Malavassi Eduardo Pérez-García Bruno Pinho Daniel Piotto Jennifer Powers Susana Rodríguez-Buriticá Danaë Rozendaal Jorge Ruíz Marcelo Tabarelli Heitor Mancini Teixeira Everardo Valadares de Sá Barretto Sampaio Hans van der Wal Pedro Villa Geraldo Fernandes Braulio Santos José Aguilar-Cano Jarcilene de Almeida-Cortez Esteban Alvarez-Davila Felipe Arreola-Villa Patricia Balvanera Justin Becknell George Cabral Carolina Castellanos-Castro Ben de Jong Jhon Edison Nieto Mário Espírito-Santo Maria Fandino Hernando García Daniel García-Villalobos Jefferson Hall Alvaro Idárraga Jaider Jiménez-Montoya Deborah Kennard Erika Marín-Spiotta Rita Mesquita Yule Nunes Susana Ochoa-Gaona Marielos Peña-Claros Nathalia Pérez-Cárdenas Jorge Rodríguez-Velázquez Lucía Sanaphre Villanueva Naomi Schwartz Marc Steininger Maria Veloso Henricus Vester Ima Vieira G. Bruce Williamson Kátia Zanini Bruno Hérault 16, 17, 18
Abstract : Tropical forests disappear rapidly because of deforestation, yet they have the potential to regrow naturally on abandoned lands. We analyze how 12 forest attributes recover during secondary succession and how their recovery is interrelated using 77 sites across the tropics. Tropical forests are highly resilient to low-intensity land use; after 20 years, forest attributes attain 78% (33 to 100%) of their old-growth values. Recovery to 90% of old-growth values is fastest for soil (<1 decade) and plant functioning (<2.5 decades), intermediate for structure and species diversity (2.5 to 6 decades), and slowest for biomass and species composition (>12 decades). Network analysis shows three independent clusters of attribute recovery, related to structure, species diversity, and species composition. Secondary forests should be embraced as a low-cost, natural solution for ecosystem restoration, climate change mitigation, and biodiversity conservation.
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Lourens Poorter, Dylan Craven, Catarina Jakovac, Masha van der Sande, Lucy Amissah, et al.. Multidimensional tropical forest recovery. Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2021, 374 (6573), pp.1370-1376. ⟨10.1126/science.abh3629⟩. ⟨hal-03482573⟩

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