Drivers of deforestation and degradation for 28 tropical conservation landscapes

Jayathilake, H. Manjari; Prescott, Graham W.; Carrasco, L. Roman; Rao, Madhu; Symes, William S. (2021). Drivers of deforestation and degradation for 28 tropical conservation landscapes. Ambio, 50(1), pp. 215-228. Springer Nature 10.1007/s13280-020-01325-9

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Analysing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in conservation landscapes can provide crucial information for conservation management. While rates of forest loss can be measured through remote sensing, on the ground information is needed to confirm the commodities and actors behind deforestation. We administered a questionnaire to Wildlife Conservation Society’s landscape managers to assess the deforestation drivers in 28 tropical conservation landscapes. Commercial and subsistence agriculture were the main drivers of deforestation, followed by settlement expansion and infrastructure development. Rice, rubber, cassava and maize were the crops most frequently cited as drivers of deforestation in these emblematic conservation landscapes. Landscape managers expected deforestation trends to continue at similar or greater magnitude in the future, calling for urgent measures to mitigate these trends.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Plant Ecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Prescott, Graham William

Subjects:

500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

0044-7447

Publisher:

Springer Nature

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2020 16:55

Last Modified:

04 Dec 2020 08:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s13280-020-01325-9

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Agricultural commodities; Drivers of deforestation; Protected landscapes; Wildlife conservation

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.146605

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/146605

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