within 350 million hectars of land
Tropical forests are the most productive components of the global forest system, as warm, moist conditions promote the rapid growth of large trees. As a result, tropical forests are the largest repository of carbon and biodiversity within the terrestrial biosphere. The conservation and protection of tropical ecosystems represents one of the most critical components in the fight against biodiversity loss and rising atmospheric carbon concentrations.
- Crowther Thomas W.
van den Hoogen Johan
- ETH Zürich