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Map of current in fires in Guatemala illustrates the effectiveness of timber concessions in conserving tropical forests versus other forest management systems, including protected areas.

What is a Forest Anyway?

The word “forest” originates from the Latin word “foris”, which translates to outside. That leaves the door open to a broad interpretation of what, exactly, a forest is. In fact, in these terms, a forest is not so much defined by what it is, but instead, by all the things that it could be. Considering […]

When Logging is Better at Preventing Tree-Canopy Loss than Protected Areas

Forest concessions, managing forests for commercial forest products, can be more effective in preventing deforestation than “protected area” forest management systems  (i.e; National Parks). This is evident looking at the tropical forests of northern Guatemala. How is this possible? The following four points help explain. 1. Selective Harvesting In many countries with large tropical forests, […]

New Mapping Technology Shows Where Forest-Based Enterprises are Good for Tropical Forests

New forest mapping technologies such as Global Forest Watch allow us to literally see where sustainable forest-based enterprises are good for tropical forests. For example, if we zoom in on the northern Petén department of Guatemala (Figure 1) we can see the tree cover loss from 2001 to 2015 (in pink). What’s noticeable is that […]