Publication
Title
Reconciling biodiversity and carbon stock conservation in an Afrotropical forest landscape
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Abstract
Protecting aboveground carbon stocks in tropical forests is essential for mitigating global climate change and is assumed to simultaneously conserve biodiversity. Although the relationship between tree diversity and carbon stocks is generally positive, the relationship remains unclear for consumers or decomposers. We assessed this relationship for multiple trophic levels across the tree of life (10 organismal groups, 3 kingdoms) in lowland rainforests of the Congo Basin. Comparisons across regrowth and old-growth forests evinced the expected positive relationship for trees, but not for other organismal groups. Moreover, differences in species composition between forests increased with difference in carbon stock. These variable associations across the tree of life contradict the implicit assumption that maximum co-benefits to biodiversity are associated with conservation of forests with the highest carbon storage. Initiatives targeting climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation should include both old-growth and regenerating forests to optimally benefit biodiversity and carbon storage.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Science Advances
Science Advances
Publication
2018
ISSN
2375-2548
Volume/pages
4 :3 (2018) , 9 p.
Article Reference
eaar6603
ISI
000431373300035
Pubmed ID
29670947
Medium
E-only publicatie
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UAntwerpen
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Last edited 20.09.2021
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