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Hayle Clark

Environmental Seminars

April 22, 2015









Tropical Regeneration

Robin Chazdon

            Dr. Robin Chazdon does work with the tropical forest regeneration. The research that she does is produced from over 120 peer reviewed articles and three books. Dr. Robin Chazdon is a professor at the University of Connecticut. She does research and analysis in the understanding of the long-term effects of the regenerating of forest in the Neotropics. She is currently the Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). She also is part of the research group called People and Reforestation in the Tropics: A Network for Education, Research, and Synthesis (PARTNERS) where she is the principal investigator. She has published the book called “Second Growth: The Promise of the Tropical Forest Regeneration in an Age of Deforestation.”

She published this book in 2014, which is about the conservation and research of the tropical forest and this has a focus of the exclusive old-growth forests. The chapters of the books focus on the forests plays in carbon and nutrient cycling, sustaining biodiversity, providing timber and non-timber products, and integrated agriculture. The Second Growth not only offers a through and wide-ranging overview of successional and restoration pathways, but also the underscores the need to conserve, and further study, regenerating tropical forests in an attempt to inspire a new age of local and global stewardship.

            During her study as a tropical biologist Robin Chazdon was taught that once a tropical forest is cut down it will never grow back. In some the studies that she has looked at from the ancient civilizations have shown that the forest that where cut down in there tie has grown back since then. Reforestation can happen as a natural process or it can be done with human help. The practice of forest regeneration and live sustainably with the surrounding forest. Deforestation is happening in many places all over the world. One places that this is happening is in South America which has a total deforested land in the Amazon of about 1/3 of the forest is gone. The process of regeneration happened between 1961 to 1997 which is when the regrowing process was happening. These lands were deforested for the land so farmers had pastures but now these areas are growing back to their natural state and is helping to serve as a good thing for the environment.

            Regenerated forest and ecologically regenerated forest can serve as a reservoir for biodiversity and are the key components in the landscape restoration efforts. Stopping the deforestation now and allowing the maximum level of forest regrowth can remove as much as 24-30% of the carbon emissions since 2000. This is important because the reforestation is both an ecologically conscious and environmentally conscious events such as the climate summit. This has made opportunities for countries and for governments to actively take action in the protecting of the planets forest. Many countries have already started to protect their forest.

            From 2000-2012 most of the global loss of forest occurred in the world’s tropical regions. The work that Dr. Robin Chazdon has been doing with the forest degeneration without regeneration will be a big thing of the past. We are continuing to gain an understanding for what is happening in our forest today and how forest regeneration occurs. With all of the education that Dr. Robin Chazdon can teach people will be able to live a sustainable life with the earth’s forest.    

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