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In 2007, more than half of all the people in the world lived in cities and towns. By 2030 that statistic is likely to rise to 80 percent. In an urbanizing world, tropical landscapes will face many demands to produce food and energy crops, protect watersheds and airsheds, and conserve wildlands. The management of these landscapes affects the ability to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The presentation will discuss both the opportunities and challenges for tropical land use in an urban world, emphasizing the need to match the scale of analysis with the scale at which decisions about landscapes are made.