Tree species diversity in community managed and national park forests in the mid-hills of central Nepal

Pandey, Shiva Shankar and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff and Gerhard, Karin (2014) Tree species diversity in community managed and national park forests in the mid-hills of central Nepal. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 33 (8). pp. 796-813. ISSN 1054-9811

Abstract

Community forestry is expanding in developing countries but there is limited knowledge of, and contradictory findings about, its contribution to biodiversity conservation. This study aims at increasing the understanding of tree species diversity in community forests compared to National Parks. A forest inventory was carried out in four community forests and one National Park in the mid-hills of central Nepal. The study found that community forestry has contributed to high tree species diversity where forest management communities have interests in multiple species, but most community forests are moving toward promoting limited timber yielding species that have high economic value. Linking community forestry with economic incentives for conserving multiple tree species could therefore be a strategy to conserve biodiversity outside of protected areas.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2014 00:08
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 06:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: conservation; species richness; community; forest management
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070504 Forestry Management and Environment
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070507 Tree Improvement (Selection and Breeding)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960806 Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10549811.2014.925811
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26203

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