Researchers have developed a model that suggests tropical forest degradation occurs in three waves.
Recent findings from an international research team found that high value trees were felled in the first wave, followed by mid-value timber and the last wave was clearance for charcoal making.
The high value timber was found to be exported, whilst the mid-value timber was used in a local city for furniture making. The final wave of deforestation was carried out by local people collecting anything left over for charcoal. Figures for the model were collected from Tanzania.
The team developed their model to guage the impact that forest degradation had on services such as carbon storage and biodiversity. It is hoped that the model will help to manage forests as vital carbon sinks and limit the loss of biodiversity.
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