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p. 202. Many forestslocked

  • Jaboury Ghazoul


What is a forest? The many different purposes of forest use and varieties of forest types justify many definitions, but a single definition is needed for national and global policy implications. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization forests cover approximately 30 per cent of the global land surface. Forests worldwide are highly diverse in form and composition, but can be grouped into types. ‘Many forests’ describes these different forest groups from the equator to the fringes of the Arctic tundra: tropical rainforests, tropical montane cloud forest, tropical seasonal forest, tropical dry forest and savannah woodlands, Mediterranean woodlands, temperate deciduous forests, temperate rainforest, and boreal forests.

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