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Another Perspective on Secondary Forests

las-delicias-28-feb-08Following up from our earlier post discussing the debate over “secondary” tropical forests, we note that Dr. William Laurance, a scientist for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, has provided an informative summary of the debate over at The Green Room, an environmental news series on the BBC News website.

Contrasting the varying views on the benefits of secondary forests, Dr. Laurance noted that environmental researchers nevertheless share some common views:

“Like many others, we are counting on the Obama administration to have more forest- and biodiversity-friendly policies than we’ve seen in recent years.”

Indeed, science-driven environmental policies will inform the debate over secondary forests by revealing how to maximize the beneficial environmental impact of neglected tropical farms and other previously cleared rain forest areas.