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The suggestion that landscapes should contain 40% of forest cover lacks evidence and is problematic
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  • Cristina Banks-Leite,
  • Cecilia Larrosa,
  • Luis Roman Currasco,
  • Leandro Tambosi,
  • E.J. Milner-Gulland
Cristina Banks-Leite
Imperial College London
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Cecilia Larrosa
Oxford University
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Luis Roman Currasco
National University of Singapore
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Leandro Tambosi
Universidade Federal do ABC
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E.J. Milner-Gulland
University of Oxford
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Abstract

A recent review on optimal strategies for preserving biodiversity within human-modified landscapes suggests that that forest cover needs to be restored or maintained to at least 40%. While we agree that it is paramount to protect and increase cover in forested biomes, no evidence is presented to support this 40% threshold. Furthermore, there are several issues regarding implementation of such policy or social-economic constraints that makes this suggestion unhelpful and potentially dangerous.

Peer review status:Published

09 Oct 2020Submitted to Ecology Letters
20 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
20 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
30 Oct 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
02 Nov 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
30 Nov 20201st Revision Received
01 Dec 2020Submission Checks Completed
01 Dec 2020Assigned to Editor
01 Dec 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
02 Dec 2020Editorial Decision: Accept
Feb 2021Published in Ecology Letters. 10.1111/ele.13668