Plantation Productivity

Arguments for tropical and subtropical plantations are often based on their higher productivity in comparison with plantations in temperate regions. For example, average conifer yields are 5.3 tons ha-1 year-1 in the temperate zone versus 12.6 in the tropics; for broadleaf species, the corresponding averages are 5.1 and 13.1 tons ha-1 year-1 (Wadsworth 1997). Tropical and subtropical plantations are also more productive than natural forests growing in the same

Table 6.2. Mean annual increments in volume (MAI) (m3 ha-1 year-1) for several tree species grown in tropical plantations worldwide. (Adapted from FAO 2000 b)

Species MAI

Table 6.2. Mean annual increments in volume (MAI) (m3 ha-1 year-1) for several tree species grown in tropical plantations worldwide. (Adapted from FAO 2000 b)

Species MAI

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