New strategies for conserving tropical forests.

  title={New strategies for conserving tropical forests.},
  author={Rhett A. Butler and William F. Laurance},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={23 9},
In an interval of just 1-2 decades, the nature of tropical forest destruction has changed. Rather than being dominated by rural farmers, tropical deforestation now is substantially driven by major industries and economic globalization, with timber operations, oil and gas development, large-scale farming and exotic-tree plantations being the most frequent causes of forest loss. Although instigating serious challenges, such changes are also creating important new opportunities for forest… CONTINUE READING