Populated Woodland anthromes near Yangambi, DRC.
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Forest regions with low levels of intensive land use and significant populations

The populated woodland anthrome refers to areas of forest and savanna biomes inhabited by people at relatively low population densities (between 1 and 10 people per square kilometer) and low levels of intensive use (<20% intensively used). Populated woodlands house the fifth smallest percentage of global population among non-wildland anthrome classes and occupy the ninth largest amount of land of all anthromes. However, populated woodlands make up the seventh largest percentage of protected area and fourth largest percentage of key biodiversity area. Populated woodlands contributes little to global food production, but it provides more calories than eight other anthrome types. Populated woodlands store the second highest percentage of carbon compared to the other anthrome classes.

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Populated Woodland anthromes near Yangambi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Fields in the forest. Photo by Axel Fassio/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/27P1aAK