p. 1176. Past, present, and future
- Jaboury Ghazoul
‘Past, present, and future’ begins with a history of European deforestation that began through the Neolithic and Bronze Age (2400–750 bc). It goes on to describe the recent large-scale deforestation of tropical forests, which amounts to around twelve million hectares per year. Deforestation drivers include the need for agricultural land, higher land use values, and government agendas. Forest transition theory is also discussed along with the extent of reforestation. Forests have weathered the depredations of human societies for millennia, but are highly resistant to disturbance and change. The future of forests is not in question, but what kind of forests will they be?