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Local baseline knowledge for conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems in Ecuador

Mariscal Chávez, Ana Getrudis (2016). Local baseline knowledge for conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems in Ecuador. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:69
ISBN 978-91-576-8640-4
eISBN 978-91-576-8641-1
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Deforestation and land-use changes are a major threats to native ecosystem in many tropical countries, including Ecuador– one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world. In tropical Andean countries, natural ecosystems change over small spatial scales. Thus, conservation and restoration initiatives, strongly require ecological baseline information about local ecosystems history, spatial distribution, integrity, trophic interactions, successional dynamics, home range, health and as well as considering the local ethobiogical and ethnoecological knowledge. The present work was done in order to generate initial ecological base-line information in three locals and one sub-regional landscape. The major findings are: (1) ‘Forest Gap Phase Dynamic Reference Method’ inside three successional stages in old grow reference forest and secondary forest regrowth, was able to generate baseline information about the ecosystem structure, composition and biomass in a local Choco-Darien rainforest (NW Ecuador); (2) Traditional Ecological Knowledge showed good synergy with ecological science-based approaches (e.g. regeneration survey in forest gaps) to identify native tree species useful for human beings and wildlife; (3) Inter-crown pixel information from hyperspatial aerial imagery enabled identification of 54% of families, 53% of genera and 56% of species sampled from the ground with a high predictive success of primary and secondary forest indicators species; (4) The home range of endemic brown-headed spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps) was evaluated in the NW of Ecuador, and it was found that this species is in critical danger of extinction, due high levels of hunting and habitat loss specially outside protected areas; (5) anthropogenic disturbances, mainly grazing, in an Andean páramo ecosystem equally affected the species composition of the grassland and bushland communities with marked changes in their soil properties. Overall, these and other methods and results can be used to generate “Local ecosystem base line information”, and initiate the idea of establishing a “Local ecosystem health centre” in each village, coordinated by natural and social science researchers, technicians and local population members, with a solid ecological background, who will be responsible to maintain available update information, coordinate or facilitate conservation and restoration efforts, as the establishment of ecological corridors, to reconnect local and sub regional fragmented ecosystems.

Authors/Creators:Mariscal Chávez, Ana Getrudis
Title:Local baseline knowledge for conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems in Ecuador
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2 June 2016
Depositing date:2 June 2016
Number of Pages:65
IAna Mariscal, Mulualem Tigabu, Per Angelstam, Patrice Savadogo, Mika Peck, David Neill, Carl Salk, Carl Soulsbury, Walter Palacios, Soldati Francesca, Per Christer Odén. (2016). Local reference ecosystem for restoration of degraded Neotropical rainforest landscapes (manuscript).
IIAna Mariscal, Mulualem Tigabu, Patrice Savadogo, David Neill, Harold Greeney, Mika Peck, Julian Trappe, Per Christer Odén. (2016). Regeneration status and role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge for degraded cloud forest ecosystem restoration in Ecuador (manuscript).
IIIPeck Mika, Ana Mariscal, Padbury Martin, Cane Tim, Kniveton Dominic and Chinchero Miguel Angel. (2012). Identifying tropical Ecuadorian Andean trees from inter-crown pixel distributions in hyperspatial aerial imagery. Applied Vegetation Science 15(4), 548-559
IVPeck Mika, Thorne James, Ana Mariscal, Baird Abigail, Tirira Diego and Kniveton Dominic. (2011). Focusing Conservation Efforts for the Critically Endangered Brown-headed Spider Monkey (Ateles fusciceps) Using Remote Sensing, Modeling, and Playback Survey Methods. International Journal of Primatology 32(1), 32:134–148
VAna Mariscal, Patrice Savadogo, Mulualem Tigabu, Carl Soulsbury, Per Christer Odén. (2016). Species composition and soil properties of Ecuadorian páramo ecosystem under grazing disturbance (manuscript).
Place of Publication:Alnarp
Publisher:Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Biodiversity
SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Climate
SLU - Environmental assessment > Programme Forest
SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Forests (until Jan 2017)
SLU - Agricultural Sciences for Global Development > Restoration of degraded rural landscapes
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8640-4
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8641-1
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
P Natural resources > P01 Nature conservation and land resources
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Agrovoc terms:ecosystems, nature conservation, deforestation, land use, environmental degradation, biodiversity, endangered species, data collection, data processing, local communities, ecuador
Keywords:Referential ecosystems, Ethno-ecology, Ecosystem health center, Ecuador
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ID Code:13425
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: Miss Ana Getrudis Mariscal Chavez
Deposited On:31 May 2016 10:58
Metadata Last Modified:10 Sep 2020 13:41

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