Forest clearance contributes 20% of total global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere (IPCC 2007). Reducing forest loss is therefore of utmost importance for climate change mitigation. As formally protected areas are one potential tool for achieving these emissions reductions, it is important to understand the extent to which protected areas are in fact subject to land use change, and whether improving the effectiveness of their management could contribute to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
This study combines the best available data on carbon stocks and deforestation with protected area data to estimate the area of forest loss within the protected area network of the humid tropical forest biome during 2000-2005.
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