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Tropical managed Forests Observatory

TmFO is a pan-tropical network aiming at understanding the long term effects of logging on tropical forest ecosystems. TmFO encompasses 490 permanent forest plots spread across the Amazon and Congo basins and South East Asia. The network investigates the response of tropical forests to logging, in terms of biomass dynamic and changes in species composition over time. Thanks to the large number of plots, TmFO represents a unique opportunity to gain understanding and compare forest responses at both regional and continental scales.The ultimate goal of TmFO is to propose new evidence-based logging practices that maintain long-term forest functions, environmental services provision and economic viability. These results will provide strong basis for Politics and forest practitioners to build up new guidance towards sutainable forest management and tropical forests preservation.

 

 

TmFO in brief:

  • 28 experimental sites located in 10 countries and three continents (Amazon Basin, Congo basin and South East Asia)
  • 493 permanent plots across South America, Africa and South East Asia
  • 925 ha and 6+ million trees measured
  • long-term data (avg. survey duration: 17 years)
  • 40+ researchers involved from 22 institutions

 

TmFO is coordinated by cirad and supported by the Sentinel Landscape program of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) research program: Forest, Tree and Agroforestry (FTA). This financial support has allowed the organization of meetings and technical workshops to define preliminary research questions and analyses.

 

TmFO is an open network, and scientists, institutions, and NGOs interested in the resilience of managed tropical forests are most welcome.

 

TmFO partners

 

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