Reduced impact logging could benefit wildlife in tropical forests

Overhunting is degrading the ecological integrity of tropical forests across the globe. I’m pleased to be a co-author on a new paper led by Anand Roopsind, that points to solutions for this bushmeat crisis. Our study quantifies the impacts of reduced-impact logging and indigenous hunting on wildlife occupancy in the Iwokrama rainforest. We found evidence suggesting that wildlife populations were persisting in Iwokrama, a multiple-use forest with some logging and hunting. Iwokrama is fairly unique as a site that  (1) is certified as being responsibly managed for timber production and (2) legally guarantees indigenous communities hunting rights in the forest, while prohibiting hunting by outsiders. Our results provide hope that well-managed logging and hunting could support local livelihoods and conserve biodiversity.