Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

While acknowledging the critical importance of maintaining large, core areas of tropical forests as free as possible from human interference, this chapter addresses the need for tropical forest conservation efforts in the wider tropical landscape, beyond the boundaries of strictly protected areas. It highlights the need to understand the resilience of tropical forests to anthropogenic perturbations, focusing on ecosystem-level processes, particularly food web changes, ecological cascades, and alterations to ecosystem functions. Next, it reviews empirical evidence for the resilience of tropical forests to different anthropogenic drivers, considers what humans can do to maximize resilience at various scales, and suggests that it may be possible to maintain tropical forest biodiversity by working within the bounds of 'natural' disturbances. Further, it suggests that conservation efforts in the wider tropical landscape may increasingly need to retain functioning and resilient ecosystems, rather than biodiversity per se. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original publication





Book title

Key Topics in Conservation Biology 2

Publication Date



222 - 235