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Need for a global map of forest naturalness for a sustainable future.

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There is a growing need to assess and monitor forest cover and its conservation status over global scales to determine human impact on ecosystems and to develop sustainability plans. Recent approaches to measure regional and global forest status and dynamics are based on remotely sensed estimates of tree cover. We argue that tree cover should not be used to assess the area of forest ecosystems because tree cover is an undefined subset of forest cover. For example, tree cover can indicate a positive trend even in the presence of deforestation, as in the case of plantations. We believe a global map of forest naturalness that accounts for the bio-ecological integrity of forest ecosystems, for example, intact forests, old-growth forest patches, rewilding forests (exploited forest landscapes undergoing long-term natural succession), and managed forests is needed for global forest assessment. Article impact statement: Forest status assessments are biased toward tree cover and do not properly consider ecological properties; a global map of forest naturalness is needed. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Name: Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
ISSN: 1523-1739
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