Tropical forests

The RSPB’s work on tropical forests focuses on two special places: Gola in Sierra Leone and Harapan in Sumatra.
A river in the Gola Forest, Sierra Leone,

Overview

At Harapan, we are carrying out large-scale experiments to evaluate the costs and benefits of different approaches to forest restoration in relation to carbon, non-timber forest products and biodiversity.

In Gola, the primary focus of research is to assess how effectively key forest species such as picathartes, Gola malimbes, pygmy hippos and primates are being protected.

We are also doing research in surrounding farmlands on carbon capture and sequestration and local livelihoods, to provide scientific underpinning for a future Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation scheme.

In both Gola and Harapan, our scientists provide training for local researchers. Building local capacity is central to our work. The research we do uses a combination of standard field surveys methods, camera traps, radio tracking, remote sensed land cover data, LiDAR data and drone-based aerial photography.

We will help to develop a Gola Rainforest Conservation Centre, which will be a key asset for Gola, Sierra Leone and West Africa.

Who's involved

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Dr Juliet Vickery

Head of International Research, Conservation Science

juliet.vickery@rspb.org.uk
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Dr Mark Hulme

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

mark.hulme@rspb.org.uk

Related publications

Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas

The rapid disruption of tropical forests probably imperils global biodiversity more than any other contemporary phenomenon(1-3). With deforestation advancing quickly, protected areas are increasingly ...

Date
25 July 2012
Authors
Laurance, W.F., Useche, D.C., Rendeiro, J., Kalka, M., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Sloan, S.P., Laurance, S.G., Campbell, M., Abernethy, K., Alvarez, P., Arroyo-Rodriguez, V., Ashton, P., Benitez-Malvido, J., Blom, A., Bobo, K.S., Cannon, C.H., Cao, M., Carroll, R., Chapman, C., Coates, R. et al.
Published in
Nature
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Differences in the effects of selective logging on amphibian assemblages in three West African forest types

Making generalizations about the impact of commercial selective logging on biodiversity has so far remained elusive. Species responses to logging depend on a number of factors, many of which have not ...

Date
05 June 2012
Authors
Ofori-Boateng, C., Oduro, W., Hillers, A., Norris, K., Oppong, S.K., Adum, G.B. & Rödel, M.-O.
Published in
Biotropica
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International Tropical forests

Optical and SAR sensor synergies for forest and land cover mapping in a tropical site in West Africa

The classification of tropical fragmented landscapes and moist forested areas is a challenge due to the presence of a continuum of vegetation successional stages, persistent cloud cover and the ...

Date
15 September 2012
Authors
Laurin, G. V., Liesenberg, V., Chen, Q., Guierriero, L., Del Frate, F., Bartolini, A., Coomes, D., Wilebore, B., Lindsell, J. & Valentini, R.
Published in
International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation
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International Tropical forests

Projects

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Tropical forests research

Last Updated
03 July 2017