The Tropical managed forests Observatory: A research network addressing the future of tropical logged forests

Plinio Sist*, Ervan Rutishauser, Marielos Peña-Claros, Alexander Shenkin, Bruno Hérault, Lilian Blanc, Christopher Baraloto, Fidèle Baya, Fabrice Benedet, Katia Emidio da Silva, Laurent Descroix, Joice Nunes Ferreira, Sylvie Gourlet-Fleury, Marcelino Carneiro Guedes, Ismail Bin Harun, Riina Jalonen, Milton Kanashiro, Haruni Krisnawati, Mrigesh Kshatriya, Philippa LincolnLucas Mazzei, Vincent Medjibé, Robert Nasi, Marcus Vinicius N d'Oliveira, Luis C. de Oliveira, Nicolas Picard, Stephan Pietsch, Michelle Pinard, Hari Priyadi, Francis E. Putz, Ken Rodney, Vivien Rossi, Anand Roopsind, Ademir Roberto Ruschel, Nur Hajar Zamah Shari, Cintia Rodrigues de Souza, Farida Herry Susanty, Eleneide Doff Sotta, Marisol Toledo, Edson Vidal, Thales A P West, Verginia Wortel, Toshihiro Yamada

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While attention on logging in the tropics has been increasing, studies on the long-term effects of silviculture on forest dynamics and ecology remain scare and spatially limited. Indeed, most of our knowledge on tropical forests arises from studies carried out in undisturbed tropical forests. This bias is problematic given that logged and disturbed tropical forests are now covering a larger area than the so-called primary forests. A new network of permanent sample plots in logged forests, the Tropical managed Forests Observatory (TmFO), aims to fill this gap by providing unprecedented opportunities to examine long-term data on the resilience of logged tropical forests at regional and global scales. TmFO currently includes 24 experimental sites distributed across three tropical regions, with a total of 490 permanent plots and 921 ha of forest inventories. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Vegetation Science
Issue number1
Early online date28 Jul 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Biodiversity
  • Carbon cycle
  • Climate change
  • Ecosystem resilience
  • Logging
  • Silviculture
  • Tropical forests
  • Tropical managed forests Observatory


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