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Evidence of Incipient Forest Transition in Southern Mexico

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Vaca, R.A., Golicher, D.J., Cayuela, L., Hewson, J. & Steininger, M. 2012, "Evidence of Incipient Forest Transition in Southern Mexico", PLoS ONE, vol. 7, no. 8, e42309.

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  • Division de la Conservacion de la Biodiversidad, Departamento de Ecologıa y Sistematica Terrestre, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Centre for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Change, School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
  • Area de Biodiversidad y Conservacion, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Mostoles, Madrid, Espana
  • Conservation International, Arlington, Virginia, United States


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  • This study used satelite images (Landsat) to analyze land cover change in southern Mexico from 1990 to 2006.
  • Across municipalities analyzed, deforestation rates fell from 0.85% to 0.67% and regional deforestation fell 0.33% to 0.28% when comparing 1990-2000 and 2000-2006.
  • Despite overall improvements, deforestation remains high in important areas for conservation.
  • However, the forest recovery was under 0.20%.
  • The authors suggest that better policies could be put in place for forest recovery if the general declines in forest loss were recognized.
  • Reforestation is generally a passive process, but there are missed opportunities on abandoned lands.


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