TITLE

Effectiveness of Nature Reserve System for Conserving Tropical Forests: A Statistical Evaluation of Hainan Island, China

AUTHOR(S)
Wang, Wei; Pechacek, Peter; Zhang, Mingxia; Xiao, Nengwen; Zhu, Jianguo; Li, Junsheng
PUB. DATE
February 2013
SOURCE
PLoS ONE;Feb2013, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Evaluating the effectiveness of existing nature reserve systems for the conservation of tropical forests is an urgent task to save the remaining biodiversity. Here, we tested the effectiveness of the reserve system on Hainan Island by conducting a three-way comparison of changes in forest area in locations within the reserves, adjacent to the reserves, and far outside of the reserves. We used a general linear model to control for the effects of covariates (historical forest area, elevation, slope, and distance to nearest roads), which may also be correlated with the changes in forest area, to better explain the effectiveness of the reserve system. From 2000 to 2010, the forest area inside Hainan’s nature reserve system showed an increase while adjacent unprotected areas and the wider, unprotected landscape both experienced deforestation. However, the simple inside-outside comparisons may overestimate the protective effect of the reserve system. Most nature reserves (>60%) showed increasing fragmentation. And the risk of rapid deforestation remained high at low elevations, where remaining forests tend to be easily logged and converted to commercial plantations. Future conservation efforts should pay more attention to those sites with less challenging environmental conditions.
ACCESSION #
87625536

 

Related Articles

  • Comment.  // Management Services;Apr89, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p5 

    The article discusses the dilemma of the environment which is now a major political issue. If something affects people and it can be clearly laid at someone's door then that is cause for complaint. If people contribute to the problems themselves however, that is a different issue. Everyone can...

  • Reining in on Rainforest Destruction. Lund, H. Gyde; Singh, Ashbindu // new renaissance;Fall2005, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p14 

    The article focuses on rainforests and its destruction. A background information on rainforests is given. The importance of rainforests are stated. The status and destruction of rainforests are discussed. Some ways to prevent further rainforest destruction by governments and corporations are...

  • Relationship between a natural monumental stand in Turkey and local beliefs. Oner, Nuri; Ozden, Sezgin; Birben, Ustuner // Journal of Environmental Biology;Jan/Mar2010, Vol. 31 Issue 1/2, p149 

    Northbound roads from Ankara, the capital of Turkey, pass through immensely wide plains containing almost no trees. There is a small hill above Tuney village located at the right side of the road 80 km north of Ankara, and it is conspicuous by a small forest. How did this forest survive until...

  • A Success Story.  // Business Mexico;Jul2005, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p53 

    The article talks about the success of the Commission for Natural Protected Areas in managing the Ixta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park in Mexico from 1980-2000. Hectares of parkland were restored from plagues and reforestation. Payments for environmental services come from private funding,...

  • Comment.  // Management Services;Apr89, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p5 

    The article discusses the dilemma of the environment which is now a major political issue. If something affects people and it can be clearly laid at someone's door then that is cause for complaint. If people contribute to the problems themselves however, that is a different issue. Everyone can...

  • Study on Environmental Protection of Highway Construction on Birds Nature Reserve. Zhibin Qin; Xiaohui Wei; Yumei Qing // Nature Environment & Pollution Technology;Dec2014, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p831 

    The study of the effects of highway on birds found that, due to the negative effect of highway, the birds density of forestland and grassland decreased in different degree to about 60%. The overall density of all the birds fell to about 1/3, and the closer from the road, the lower degree of the...

  • Internalizing Community in Forest Conservation: A Developing Country Perspective. Barman, Jugaratan; Bhattacharya, Rabindra N. // Journal of Environmental Systems;2004-2005, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p239 

    Forest authorities have been finding it increasingly difficult to protect forests by traditional legal and punitive measures. Many ideas and concepts have emerged over the years such as Forest Protection Committees (FPC), Eco-development Projects, and Joint Forest Management, to address the...

  • Reference Stands for Silvicultural Research: A Maine Perspective. Kenefic, Laura S.; White, Alan S.; Cutko, Andrew R.; Fraver, Shawn // Journal of Forestry;Oct/Nov2005, Vol. 103 Issue 7, p363 

    This article evaluates the control associated with a 55-year-old experiment on the Penobscot Experimental Forest (PEF) in Maine. The PEF experiment provides an excellent example of the usefulness and limitations of controls. The experiment includes an untreated or "natural" area, which is used...

  • The Local Perception of Tropical Deforestation and its Relation to Conservation Policies in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, Mexico. Durand, Leticia; Lazos, Elena // Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal;Jun2008, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p383 

    We examine the ways both deforestation and conservation are viewed by people of two villages with different ethnic composition located within the biosphere reserve of Los Tuxtlas, Mexico. The rain forest is considered to be important, since it provides many resources and environmental benefits....

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics