Review of large-scale tree plantations suggests need to consider socioeconomic impacts

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A systematic review of the available literature has found that large-scale tree plantations require more consideration of the socioeconomic impacts on local people. Intensively managed, large-scale tree monocultures now make up roughly 1 percent of global forests. From this relatively small area, they supply around one-third of the world’s industrial round wood. Researchers from the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the University of Helsinki and Yale University analyzed 92 papers featuring case studies from around the world, mostly from Southeast Asia, South America, Africa and Australasia.

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