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Tropical forests: present reality, future prospects

Edward Davey

Keywords: sustainability; forests; tropical forest management; REDD+; indigenous rights

This article addresses the challenge of tropical forest conservation and sustainable forest management, an issue that is faced by a number of states in the Asian Pacific and connects with broader regional issues because of the linkages with transboundary haze pollution. The article begins with a snapshot of the value of forests and of the problems they currently face; then considers the role of REDD+ in the protection of forests, focusing particularly on the rights of indigenous peoples, and the valuable role that they might play if their rights are given greater recognition. The article concludes by proposing a ten-point plan that could be applied to enhance the protection of forests.

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