A policy paper which addresses the conservation of forest patches as a strategy for conserving migratory birds and as an important component of sustainable land use. Available in English or Spanish.
Forest clearing in the tropics is rarely complete and often not permanent. The patches of primary, secondary, and managed forest that remain in the agricultural landscape, while lacking some of the species and ecosystem complexity of large forest tracts, nevertheless significantly augment the conservation benefits of large reserves. Forest patches provide additional habitat for many species, provide habitat that is not found in existing protected ares, and facilitate movement between larger forested reserves.