Type: Chapter

The role of agroforestry in sustainable forest management (SFM) of tropical forests


Lindsey Norgrove

Bern University of Life Sciences (Switzerland)

Tabea Allen

Bern University of Life Sciences (Switzerland)

Ata Davatgar

Bern University of Life Sciences (Switzerland)

Publication date:

26 October 2020

ID: 9781786769114

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In this chapter we review to what extent agroforests that are classified as forests are in line with the objectives of sustainable forest management, focusing on biodiversity conservation, supply of forest products and carbon capture. We use shifting cultivation as a case study, given its pantropical distribution and the paucity of data on agrisilvicultural systems. We then highlight the limitations and threats of system intensification to delivering these goods and services.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Extent and biodiversity of shifting cultivation landscapes
3 The productive function of shifting cultivation landscapes
4 Carbon capture in shifting cultivation landscapes
5 Implications of intensifying shifting cultivation
6 Summary
7 Acknowledgements
8 Where to look for further information
9 References