pressure. A very important carbon storage sink, tropical forests are jointly affected by climate and human activities.
C’Researchers from the French International Research Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Development (CIRAD) and the French Institute for Development (IRD) recently made an interesting observation. The tropical forests of Africa are truly threatened by global warming and human behavior. These data are based on the listed data, which are distributed in more than 185,000 plots in five countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)), with more than 6 million trees Trees.
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Researchers were able to build a fine model of this forest basin. The model is usually described as the second “green lung” in the world after the Amazon. The tree type (more than 190 species in total) was specially considered for mapping. 10 main types of forest cover can be classified. Because “the forest basins of Central Africa are far from a uniform green carpet,” the study’s lead author, Maxim Rio-Melian of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, emphasized. This diversity is especially caused by climate and soil changes and the degree of human activities (such as rotating planting). By intersecting these results with climate change models (according to the vision of the IPCC’s UN experts) and human-induced changes, the researchers built a map of the possible vulnerability of these forest areas, especially based on climate factors. And human activities, including the extraction of raw materials. This is a particularly serious vulnerability on the southern and northern edges of the basin, the Atlantic coast and most of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Research data and maps available online In particular, it must be possible to “guide the development of land-use plans” to best protect the sustainable management of forests, the biodiversity of forests and their potential to counter global warming through carbon storage.
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