Questions related to Forest Conservation
Forests are the biodiversity wealth of natural ecosystems and a key factor in the wealth of the planet's biosphere. However, this natural wealth is rapidly being eroded by human civilisational activities. The scale of forest fires has been increasing in recent years. The increasing scale of forest fires is a result of the ongoing process of global warming. In some regions of the world, forests are also being burned in order to acquire more land for the cultivation of agricultural crops, which is usually carried out under predatory and unsustainable farming practices. It is well known that forests are one of the key factors in reducing the rate of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere, an important factor in slowing down the greenhouse effect and consequently also in slowing down global warming. It is therefore essential to increase the scale of forest fire protection.
The following questions are therefore becoming increasingly topical:
How to protect forests from fires?
What is your opinion on this subject?
What do you think about this topic?
I invite you all to discuss,
Thank you very much,
In the advent of climate change, conditions suitable for local species could be significantly altered. Hence, planting characteristic tree species of the planting sites may not be feasible. There are several pieces of literature recommending the use of composite provenance in order to restore climate-resilient characteristic tree species/forests. However, the issue of outbreeding depression is a concern. So, my question is: in the advent of climate change, would it be wise to use planting material from composite provenance for forest restoration?
I am participating in a conservation project related to the illegal harvesting of species of high commercial value (Granadillo, Tzalam, Hormigo, Mahogany, etc.) in the Mayan Forest on the mexican side.
Illegal logging of high-value species is one of the main threats to forest conservation in southeastern Mexico. It is an ultra-complex subject that surely requires several branches of science to understand. Do any of you know if anyone is actually studying the illegal logging occurring in Mexico's tropical forests?
Thank you all in advance for your answers!
In many countries, in individual regions and urban agglomerations, tree planting projects are currently underway as part of afforestation programs for civilization-modified areas. In some countries afforestation of civilizational modified areas is considered one of the most important instruments to neutralize the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The main premise of this thesis is the fact that certain species of trees and shrubs absorb significant amounts of CO2 and improve microclimate and water management in surface layers of soil. However, according to the results of scientific research in a situation of high greenhouse gas emissions, afforestation will not solve the problem of global warming. If in a given country, in a given agglomeration the majority of households, motor vehicles and enterprises from the energy sector relies on burning of minerals, the emission of greenhouse gases is so high that afforestation may reduce this emission to a very small extent. In this situation, apart from afforestation, other projects should be developed that will enable the implementation of the principles of sustainable, pro-ecological development based on the concept of a new, green economy. These other pro-ecological undertakings include, first of all, the development of renewable energy sources, increasing the efficiency of waste segregation, recovering secondary materials, development of electromobility in the automotive industry, development of programs for implementation, implementation and financing of eco-innovations, such as the construction of small household ecological power plants based eg on installing house roofs photovoltaic panels replacing stoves, in which often poor quality minerals are burned, etc. Therefore, afforestation does not solve the serious problem of global warming but should be developed as one of many instruments to reduce the negative greenhouse gas emission effects.
In addition, it is particularly important to protect existing forest resources, including natural forest ecosystems characterized by high biodiversity, and therefore a high biological value, such as rainforest, tropic rainforest of the Amazon. However, this is only an example of the largest, existing natural forest ecosystem on Earth. All other such ecosystems should be under strict protection and should be excluded from the predatory, devastating forest exploitation economy, i.e. harvesting timber from these natural forest ecosystems, because in the context of the problem of global warming they are one of the most important, most valuable resources of the planet Earth.
In view of the above, the current question is: Can the afforestation of civilization-modified areas significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
Please, answer, comments. I invite you to the discussion.
The use of natural products is an alternative for the control of pathogens associated with seeds, with the advantage of cost reduction and absence of environmental impact caused by pesticides.
Please see the attachment, where the researchers are going in deep forest to aware the people about the medicinal plants
Values obtained for Evenness of the species distribution, relative abundance of species diversity, and the species richness of a number of identified timber tree species of a forgotten forest for biodiversity estimation applying Shannon-Wiener Index and computing by Excel's data analysis tool show almost the same, only the species richness index is different, then it's my query, parameters like Evenness of the species distribution, relative abundance of species diversity, and the species richness, are these same in the context of forest ecology?
Bioenergetic use of Araucaria angustifolia branches
Araucaria angustifolia was widely exploited in the past for wood purpose
and currently it is on the red list of endangered species in Brazil
As far as we know, there are no data on the extent of this uncontrolled exploitation (Records suggest that its original extension has been reduced to just 12%).
Currently it cannot be cut or managed,
even the branches - which fall naturally at a certain time are not used.
So, we have the following questions:
Is it possible to see the Araucaria tree in a profitable and ecological way at the same time?
How can the use of branches contribute to the conservation of species?
Can the use of co-products (branches) save Araucaria from extinction?
These and other questions are addressed in this study carried out at the State University of Centro Oeste, PR - Brazil and can be accessed FREE of charge for 50 days
by the link
Due to the current civilization progress in recent decades, acceleration of the development of industry, automotive, urban agglomerations, intensification of agricultural production, etc. and related greenhouse gas emissions, global warming, ozone layer depletion in the atecologicalecologicalmosphere, increase of environmental pollution, growing problem of smog in urban agglomerations, the increase in pollution of the seas and oceans to which unsorted waste is thrown away is cut out as part of the predatory economy of tropical forests in the Amazon and other largest natural forest ecosystems.
In addition, the secondary effect of global warming of the Earth's climate is the increasing, more frequent weather anomalies, including drought, leading to steppe and desertification of areas that were previously natural forest ecosystems or areas exploited by agriculture.
As a result of the above-mentioned processes, every year many species of flora and fauna disappear forever.
As a result, natural biodiversity diminishes, which for millions of years evolved evolutionally on Earth.
In this way the natural resources of the planet Earth are irretrievably in decline.
In view of the above, the issue of environmental protection and biodiversity is one of the most important challenges of humanity in the 21st century.
Classical economics must change towards a green economy based on the strategy of sustainable pro-ecological development.
Therefore, I am asking you for the following query:
How can environmental protection and biodiversity be improved by using current ecological technologies?
Please, answer, comments.
I invite you to the discussion.
Net zero refers to a state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal out of the atmosphere. A growing number of countries, cities and companies are aiming for 'net zero' emissions to meet climate goals, and the International Energy Agency has unveiled a plan to get there.
For tree based removal of CO2 would demand between 0.4 and 1.2 billion hectares of land. That’s 25% to 80% of all the land currently under cultivation. How will that be achieved at the same time as feeding 8-10 billion people around the middle of the century or without destroying native vegetation and biodiversity?
If we add technological removal, it may be termed as investment with no return.
If we are purly dependent on plantation, growing billions of trees would consume vast amounts of water – in some places where people are already thirsty. Increasing forest cover in higher latitudes can have an overall warming effect because replacing grassland or fields with forests means the land surface becomes darker. This darker land absorbs more energy from the Sun and so temperatures rise. Focusing on developing vast plantations in poorer tropical nations comes with real risks of people being driven off their lands.
And it is often forgotten that trees and the land in general already soak up and store away vast amounts of carbon through what is called the natural terrestrial carbon sink. Interfering with it could both disrupt the sink and lead to double accounting.
The Amazon rainforest is the largest complex of the natural forest ecosystem of the planet Earth. The Amazon rainforest it is a natural complex of forest ecosystem with rich biodiversity. In these Amazonian ecosystems there are still many, millions of species of flora and fauna that have not yet been fully discovered or described.
The scale of felling and thinning stands in the Amazon's forest is so large that every day the scale of this unique biodiversity decreases and many species of living organisms cease to exist.
Human civilization in this way destroys one of the greatest achievements in the development of life, the evolution of ecosystems on Earth.
This is a very serious problem to solve in the 21st century.
Therefore, I am addressing you with an important question: What should you do to limit the devastation of Amazon rainforests?
Burlap traps are a way to mitigate the invasive Lymantria dispar dispar (tussock/gypsy moth) caterpillars, which defoliate mainly hardwood deciduous trees. Burlap is wrapped around trees and tied with twine, then folded to create a flap and ideal conditions where the caterpillars migrate into. The caterpillars are then disposed of in soapy water when the traps are checked.
If I want to study spatial ecology of these caterpillars, using quantitative analysis from each trap at a small lake surrounded by forest, how should I prioritize trap set-up (location, amount)?
Should the traps be completely randomized?
My study area is at maximum 2 square kilometres with a small Lake taking up about 0.25 of those square km.
Ideally I want to minimize confounding variables such as tree species the traps are placed on.
The goal of this project is to determine spatial distribution of the caterpillars and to mitigate them with weekly checks.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Soil chemical analysis for various studies shows the impact of Sulphur in crop production particularly in the field of agriculture, and a better result even obtained for the combined effect of Sulphur, Boron and Copper, though Sulphur is a macronutrient whereas Boron and Copper. In my present study, Sulphur concentration of the sampled forest soils varies from 0.28 to 16.53 kg/ha, whereas, Boron content 0.90 to 1.39 kg/ha and Copper from 0.31 to 8.98 kg/ha, are they standard values for the forest soils? Are they working well in combined form for the growth and vegetation of the forest soils?
Moreover, substrate soils are lacking Sulphur almost all over world including Indian subcontinent due to emission of Sulphur compounds to the atmosphere that reduces its concentration in the soils of the forest floors. On contrast, Copper present in the substrate soils as a component becomes retarded very quickly in the soil and that are not available as nutrients for the plants easily, then what contents of Sulphur, Copper and Boron availability are to be considered as the standard values for the forest soils in the forest patches in the south west forest patches of West Bengal?
Today the main source of financing being discussed for forest protection in developing countries is under the umbrella of Nature-based Solutions for climate, and specifically carbon offsets. Offsets have, however, encountered a number of challenges from both the demand and supply-side. And arguably, the original premise behind offsets is no longer valid. We no longer have a choice to delay reductions. It's too late for this Kyoto-approach. Everyone must now reduce their own GHGs consistent with a 1.5D trajectory. If not offsets, what other scalable financing mechanisms can be used to incentivize governments and land owners to protect primary forests and natural ecosystems over the long-term?
Hi, I want to realize a project of monitoring of Forest Health status on a large scale in Europe. But I don't are sure of the index that can be better to use for this task. maybe the NDVI is one of the most popular, but I have read something about the NDWI and EVI. What do you think about the better index to assess the health status or the decline of the vegetation canopy of the European forest?
Help me, thank you very much
Many studies show that the most effective organic farming consists in cultivating forest stands in a formula referring to natural, complex, biologically multispecies ecosystems.
The ecological forestry formula based on the cultivation of many different species of trees and shrubs adjacent to each other, referring to the formation of a natural ecosystem, allows to eliminate chemical measures to protect forest spruce and shrubs and reduce biological fertilization.
Only the application of biologically neutral machines and technical devices to crops to correct the functioning of organic forest crops would allow the improvement of this formula and striving to achieve sustainable forestry.
Only the question of the legitimacy of using or possibly resigning from the creation of new, more resistant to various diseases and pests, new varieties of cultivated trees and shrubs through the use of genetics engineering would remain to be considered.
It is not about creation of new species of plants or animals through genetic manipulation techniques, but about breeding newer varieties of forest trees and shrubs that are more resistant to diseases and pests as a perfecting formula of cultivation referring to the natural ecosystem.
Cultivation of forest stands referring to the formula of the natural biological ecosystem should be improved by creating and introducing to these complex crops these new varieties of trees and shrubs in order to restore biological balance, which was previously significantly reduced through the widespread use of forest and forestry monoculture carried out under classic forestry.
In this way, it is possible to recreate sustainable forestry in the future in areas where classical monocultural forest crops were previously grown or in reclaimed areas.
In view of the above, I would like to ask you: should sustainable chemistry and monoculture be reduced in sustainable forestry, and forestry techniques referring to natural ecosystems should be developed?
Please, answer, comments. I invite you to the discussion.
I am going to buy an unmanned aerial vehicle for my university for forestry applications. Since there are alot of options, I realy get confused to choose a proper model and a valid brand. Also, l want to use a 3d laser scanner and a multispectral camera. I would rather that the vehicle have gps and imu and the flight could be programmed. Please if you have personal experience, share them.
We want to plant at least 20 Miyawaki forests in rural Maharashtra in 2020. We will tend to them for 2 years, as recommended in the method. Post this, once the external water supply and mulching is stopped, will the soil continue getting enough natural mulch to support the forest and ensure survival 10-20 years down the line? What is the most accurate research available on survival rates of Miyawaki forests and ensuring the same?
In all six Zelkova tree species mature fruits fall with the entire twig, and the dried leaves that are still attached function as a parachute, carrying the fruits a few metres away from the parent tree (see attached pictures, first photo: twig of Zelkova serrata from Taiwan, second: dispersed twigs of Z. abelicea from Crete).
Does anybody know other similar examples of such dispersal mechanisms in other trees/woody species?
For more images of fruits, and more details on the relict tree genus Zelkova see www.zelkova.ch and the publications available on this webpage.
Biomass of the two trees namely Azadirachta indica (Neem) and (Jalpai) Alaerocarpus serratus is measured which were uprooted in the last November by the ravaged cyclone Bulbul, the ratio between Above Ground Biomass (AGB) and Below Ground Biomass (BGB) of both the trees of the Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests type is about 20:1, root systems of both the trees are not at all sufficient to erect or support this relatively higher mass of stem, branch, and leaves particularly during the cyclonic storms, do the rest of the trees have the same root systems, is this low quantitative root systems responsible for the low content of Below Ground Biomass of the Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests type whereas the BGB is relatively more in the other forest floors like temperate or conifers
Forest resources are of immense economical benefits, taping into these however may result in environmental concerns. Placing these side by side, what then should take precedence while juxtaposing the choices of economical or environmental interests?
My name is Benhalima Yacin am a 3rd year PhD student in Abou bekr belkaid university of Tlemcen, Algeria majoring in forest science with focus on forest protection
My research articulates on the forest fire risk assessment using flammability parameters (on-field and laboratory data) with focus on spatial assessment of fire risk in the cork oak forests, during my PhD I have worked along with my supervisor on the use of epiradiator and I have some information’s about MLC (mass loss calorimeter) to assess flammabity parameters of live fuels. I have contributed to several conferences and published research papers on the subject
My institution is on a collaborative Erasmus exchange program and I had the opportunity to be selected to pursue a further research on the “Universitat politectica de Valencia”, I find this an opportunity to strengthen my skills and advance my phd research.
this request is to look for a supervisor who have same research focus and interested in working with a phd scholar under a fully funded grant
I have attached my CV /other required documents and I would be glad to hearing from you soon.
I am very thankful and looking forward to your positive response.
I am currently analyzing the impact of a policy instrument on deforestation rates. The unit of analysis is a landscape (geographically selected based on biophysical conditions). I have eight landscapes (8 cases/observations), four of them have the policy instrument (participants inside the landscape have voluntarily decided to join the forest conservation program) and four don´t. Each landscape has diverse information (continuous, Likert scale, percentages, etc.); for example, there is income information from 800 (100 in each landscape) households but also governance indicators (Likert scale) from 8 (one in each landscape) communities. Due to the variety of information at different levels across the landscapes I decided to use average values for the each variable in all landscapes. I face now the following problem: I have 8 observations but more than 50 independent variables.
Is there a statistical technique that accounts for too few cases and too many variables?
Except for backward elimination, how could I select the appropriate variables for analysis? LASSO?
Also, considering the number of observations, is there a threshold for statistical values (R2, P-value, t-statistics, etc.) that I must meet to have significant (publishable!) results from the regression?
Thanks a lot!
I am working on stand structure of a Forest Reserve. How do I show novelty on the research; though the vertical and horizontal stand structure of the stand in the study area have not been reported?
I am searching for good quality pictures of the following "primeval forest relict beetles" of Europe (in German: Urwaldrelikte):
Ampedus auripes (Elateridae)
Ceruchus chrysomelinus (Lucanidae)
Prostomis mandibularis (Prostomatidae)
Quedius truncicola (Staphylinidae)
We are carrying out an investigation of old trees & forests in Western Switzerland and would like to illustrate some large public documents.
We have two types of forest, natural and man-grown forest. Forest is one of the most economical resource that has a big role in maintaining ecological systems. But each trees has got its own productive age after that there is decrease in its productivity. Such trees should be cut for some other uses. The old tree must be compensated with new plantation. In this way it will not only play it's ecological role but will help and support economic activities.
In contrast we have banned tree cutting under the concepts of conservation and preservation. In this way, most of the counties are dependent on man-grown forest and usually growing fast growing trees. That has got negative impacts on Environment. Is there any such study on tree's age and its ecological productivity?
If someone has information, please share.
The mountain of TaraGat was famous for dens forest cover. With the passage of time tree cutting was accelerated. Before merger of Swat, Dir and Chitral states, Malakand was part of Federally Administered
Tribal Area (FATA). During that time all mountainous areas were communal land and forest resources were under the control of local land owners. After merger of the three states in to Pakistan (1969-70), the status of Malakand changed from FATA to PATA (provincial administered tribal area). The ownership of forest resource changed and came under the control of Government. In this way large scale deforestation
started. Till 1980 the mountain of TaraGat was completely cleared. During 2000-02, forest department was with a sincere attempt to decorate the mountain with trees and was successful. For this purpose
the mountain was banned for five year. When the banned was lifted, one person claimed ownership and cleared a small part of the newly planted forest. With this a conflict aroused and the whole community started trees cutting. The forest was cleared within few days time
JFM has almost everywhere been painted as a very good policy for forest conservation and NTFPs but what about the people who are a part of it?Are the benefits from JFM equally distributed to all?
With climate change, there is a shift in time and season of food production in Tropical Forests. For example, a tree that produces in December may now produce in February. A particular example in Nigeria is the fact that maize and African pear ( Dacryodes edulis) mature around the same period because they are consumed together but this has been altered due to climate change. I am in need of literature to backup this phenomena.
I have selected a first generation of individuals from a few parental specimens of Quercus pubescens; they show red crowns in autumn as the parents do. This color seems to be unknown in Q. pubescens. I am looking for any information from anywhere about other individuals and/or groups of Q. pubescens with the same trait. Thank you.
the villages located in the core zone of the forest government is rehabilitating due to forest protection concern but these people are not ready so they can be use for tourism purpose which can create economical development of these people and they will protect and conserve forest area
My field sample plots are 30x30m square and I have to measure canopy coverage along with other field data. Ho can I use GRS densiometer or Spherical densiometer to measure the canopy coverage of my sample plot with less error of estimation.
I am studying on the effect of fragmentation on tree species composition in subtropical forest.
I am helping the American Forest Foundation look for successful behavior change programs with measured impacts that have involved one or more of these characteristics, preferably with audiences that were rural and mostly over 65 years old.
We’re looking for programs in the following subject areas, but would consider other areas as well.
· Climate change mitigation
· Coastal and marine conservation
· Landscaping and pesticide use
. Substance abuse and addictions
· Sustainable agriculture
· Wildlife conservation and species at risk
Thanks for your consideration
I am seeking info about invasiveness of Tetraclinis articulata (syn. Callitris quadrivalvis).
I am aware of Rourke (1991) and Richardson & Rejmánek (2004) references.
Has anyone reliable info (local reports, notes) suggesting this tree established and became naturalized beyond its natural range?
What is the role of green land in cities and rural areas? the role of botanical gardens and sanctuaries?
What is the role of forest extension officers and land restorators?
I want to get involved in agroforestry research, and the best way I can think of is to volunteer at a working agroforestry farm. Can anyone share any contacts of farms or research sites that would accept volunteers?
I am going to study the forest resources survey which covers the quantitative and qualitative analysis of vegetation. In this connection, I would like to know what the sampling methods should be and how to know the number of sample for the entire study i.e. how to select the sampling location to have optimum area coverage. The study area falls under the arid tract with tropical thorn forest. So, please help me to finalize the methodology and minimum number of samples. Which methods would be suitable?
Eucalyptus plantations are lucrative. Perhaps no country is more aware of this than Portugal, a greater proportion of whose surface is covered by these trees than any other country.
The plantations, mainly of E. globulus and sometimes its clones, are also controversial. They are accused of a gamut of sins: depleting groundwater, fostering fires, encouraging erosion, vitiating watersheds, deterring native flora with voracious roots and allelopathy, etc.
Nevertheless Portugal, and presumably Brussels, permit planting techniques such as shown in the attached file even in supposedly protected Natura Network sites and Important Bird Areas. The Forest Stewardship Council actually certifies this practice.
Please, RG, where or from whom can we get the facts?
Teak is one of the most "mobile" species, moved rampantly by humans in the last 300 years. Natural populations have been "corrupted" due to such unscrupulous movement of propagules. Hence what criteria could be considered to identify the "relic" natural populations of teak in India?
In the aim of a research project we need average quantities/ range of values of biomass (ton/ha/year) per forest type (e.g.: Eucalyptus stands, Maritime Pine stands, scrubland, ...) for the SW of Portugal and Spain.
Of course the variation range of the biomass quantities for the same forest stand could be high, and it depends from different attributes besides the tree species (e.g.: tree density, tree height, ...). Later in the project those values will be calculated considering different local management models.
Thanks in advance.
aside from being important to promote healthy root for the tree, what are the important of pitting? what is the recommended size of pitting and tools used for pitting?
There is evidence to suggest that exclusive community management of natural resources may have some challenges whilst exclusive state management is problematic. The optimum is a collaboration between communities and state in managing natural resources. In most cases, communities appear to be skeptical of state agencies. How best could this whole collaboration process get kick-started? Can there be a framework to help a practitioners or state agencies who want to engage resource communities for such a collaboration?
in the paper below,
"Rising to the challenge: A framework for optimising value in collaborative natural resource governance." Forest Policy and Economics 67 (2016): 20-29
authors attempt to discuss a framework that wil facilitate the collaboration process through an ABC framework. Is the framework elaborate? are there other alternative approaches to maximise gains in CNRM?
What is the focus in relation to oak (Quercus branti) decline in the world?
Oak decline is the most important discussion In Iran, but have not found solution to confronting with it .
what is your suggestion?
Recently forest fires are in Himalayan temparte and subtropical area of India mainly in Uttrakhnad state and again there will voice for eradication on chir pine from the area?? The whole issue will be viewed as chir pine main culprit but its not so and local community response, migration, lack of monitoring etc are also reasons. How these recurrent fires can be minimise or check.
In many of forestrs in undevelopped countries have socio-economic problems that caused managers make an appropriate decisions in forest management. Local people have many dependence on forest resoureces but they have traditional knowledge that is possible use of this knowledge. therefore forest management in this conditions have complexity. Please guide me how can we avoid the deforestation in this conditions?
I am doing a study on the impact of charcoal making by a community to its mangrove forest. I am not a forester, I need assistance in the right terminologies and technical terms for the part of the forest directly affected by charcoal making. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Currently, Nepal is in transition and developing several types of strategies such as Forestry Strategy for coming 10 years, Terai Arc Landscape Strategy covering from Bagmati River to east to Makakali in the west. Further, REDD Cell has proposed to develop REDD strategy for Nepal. In this context, one of the major issues is deforestation and forest degradation in Nepal. So, how can we go ahead to tackle this issues seriously, so that we can devise the further strategies to tackle the issues?
old-growth forests can be located in conservation stage of CAS (complex adaptive system-cycle). However, the connectedness, potential are high, and system's resilience is low. So, to push the system out of this stage need a disturbance to push out of the system and fall into reorganization phase in the CA cycle. So given the stability of old-growth forests, could this be considered in a rigidity trap if we take into account the system feature?
Hello Foresters and Botanists working in the Sal (Shorea robusta) forest: I am wondering about natural tree fall in sal forests. I observed very large gaps in sal forest caused by fall of mature Sal trees. In a quiet day, I observed fall of a standing tree, which looked healthy. Other people reported several cases of such kind. I doubt the if the tree fall is associated with the occasional swampyness of the forest floor. Larger gaps in the protected forest may be associated with abrupt fall of trees. Any idea about the phenomenon?
I am analyzing ecosystem services in riparian forests and need fast and economic methodologies to identify biodiversity and ecosystem services Soil and water conservation
I'm currently based on a plantation in Piggs Peak, Swaziland. One of the main challenges to overcome is the effect of erosion on special management zones such as the conservation areas of the Lebombo-grass mountains. Surrounded by many rural communities, the cattle tend to make trails on the steep mountain contours. This contributes a big factor towards minimizing vegetation to bare soil. We have a summer-rainfall around here, and these trails quickly become deep dongas. Another similar challenge, is the burning of external fire breaks. When making the tracer-lines, the herbicide currently used, is Glyphosate based (Round-up). Glyphosate promotes soil erosion, and we are in the process of finding alternative herbicides to use on these steep slopes. We tend to mostly use post-rehabilitation methods to clear the problem of erosion. Such as the use of log terraces, gabions and debris. I was wondering if there is any plant/schrub that could be planted that has a rigid root-system, and importantly should not promote fire?
The work involves large scale forest cover changes and fragmentation analysis, where area calculations need to be more accurate. Its is more of a tradition, atleast here in India to work with LCC. Any suggestions and advice on this could be much of help.
We are working on a project to assess land use intensification and its impacts on a tropical rainforest over a 40 year period.We are particular interested in knowing if the forests have changed,what has changed and what is pushing this change?We are as well interested in knowing the livelihood adaptive capacities of the indigenous communities as per these changes if any.