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Dry forests special: Global dry forests: Time to take notice

Rooted in the first Durban meeting and subsequent wider consultation among the research, development and donor communities, This new research reveals that global dry forests account for nearly half of the world’s tropical and subtropical forests, spanning large areas of Africa (including Madagascar), Latin America and the Asia Pacific. Our research also suggests that dry forests across the globe show reduced resilience compared to tropical rainforests. The combination of increasing anthropogenic pressures and low ecological thresholds make these systems prone to experiencing catastrophic changes (e.g. climatic), therefore increasing the costs of management decisions dramatically.