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The knowledge gap and challenges to sustainable management of secondary forests outlined above is bound to vary between countries. It is therefore necessary for each country to appraise and focus on the most critical issues and to implement research and development programmes in an incremental manner according to national peculiarities and priorities. Networking between countries on an eco-regional basis would greatly enhance this effort, and should be considered.

The following priority research themes are deemed important for addressing extant constraints and challenges and generating information for planning, and decision-making:

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