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No. 274
October 2007


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Tropical Park Fires Linked with Poverty


From EurekAlert!

According to the first global assessment of forest fire control effectiveness in tropical parks, poverty and corruption correlate closely with lack of fire protection in tropical moist forests. A better understanding of the links between corruption, poverty and park management will help conservationists and policy makers create sophisticated strategies to conserve tropical ecosystems.

The survey is published in the July issue of Ecological Applications, reported by lead author S. Joseph Wright, staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa and Carlos Portillo-Quintero from the University of Alberta; and Diane Davies from the University of Maryland.

"Satellite data on fire frequency provides a measure of park effectiveness across countries," Wright said. "It is strikingly clear from our study that poverty and corruption limit the effectiveness of parks set up to protect tropical forests."

The survey indicates that parks were most effective at reducing fire incidence in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Malaysia and Taiwan; whereas parks failed to prevent fires in Cambodia, Guatemala and Sierra Leone.

"Current integration of state-of-the-art remote sensing databases with Geographic Information Systems is allowing us to better evaluate the effectiveness of conservation efforts in tropical environments," Sanchez- Azofeifa said.

While nearly all tropical countries have established parks to protect rainforests, not all have the political and economic means to enforce park boundaries and prevent illegal extraction of park resources.

To better distinguish functional parks from "paper" parks and to characterize the relationship between social factors and park protection worldwide, the team created an index comparing fire frequency inside and outside of 823 tropical and subtropical parks.

Low fire frequency within parks was chosen as an indicator of park effectiveness because the background level of fire in tropical moist forests is low, so the presence of fire often indicates that humans are engaged in timber extraction, clearing land for agriculture or other land-use conversion.

The frequency was based on fire detection data from NASA's satellite-based Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). "The MODIS fire products enable us to monitor global fires and see how fire regimes are changing," said Chris Justice of the NASA MODIS fire team.

Wright added that satellite data has limitations. "The satellite data must be carefully screened. Perhaps the clearest examples of this system's limitations were a park in Costa Rica and two parks in Indonesia where active volcanoes triggered the MODIS fire detection algorithm," he said.

As part of this publication, fire frequency data from 3,964 tropical reserves will be posted online. The authors hope that other investigators more familiar with reserves in particular countries or regions will use these data to better understand the causes of fires in parks and their management implications.


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Pillans, S., Ortiz, J.C., Pillans, R.D., and Possingham, H.P. 2007. The impact of marine reserves on nekton diversity and community composition in subtropical eastern Australia. Biol. Conserv. 136(3):455-469.

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Polak, M. 2007. Nest-site selection and nest predation in the Great Bittern Botaurus stellaris population in eastern Poland. Ardea 95(1):31-38.

Prins, E., and Clarke, G.P. 2007. Discovery and enumeration of Swahilian Coastal Forests in Lindi region, Tanzania, using Landsat TM data analysis. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(5):1551-1565.

Probert, R., Adams, J., Coneybeer, J., Crawford, A., and Hay, F. 2007. Seed quality for conservation is critically affected by pre-storage factors. Aust. J. Bot. 55(3):326-335.

Pusey, A.E., Pintea, L., Wilson, M.L., Kamenya, S., and Goodall, J. 2007. The contribution of long-term research at Gombe National Park to chimpanzee conservation. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):623-634.

Ranganathan, J., Chan, K.M.A., and Daily, G.C. 2007. Satellite detection of bird communities in tropical countryside. Ecol. Appl. 17(5):1499-1510.

Ribas, C.R., and Schoereder, J.H. 2007. Ant communities, environmental. characteristics and their implications for conservation in the Brazilian Pantanal. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(5):1511-1520.

Ricker, M., Ramírez-Krauss, I., Ibarra-Manríquez, G., Martínez, E., Ramos, C.H., González-Medellín, G., Gómez-Rodríguez, G., Palacio-Prieto, J.L., and Hernández, H.M. 2007. Optimizing conservation of forest diversity: a country-wide approach in Mexico. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(6):1927-1957.

Riemann, H., and Ezcurra, E. 2007. Endemic regions of the vascular flora of the peninsula of Baja California, Mexico. J. Veg. Sci. 18(3):327-336.

Riley, E.P. 2007. Flexibility in diet and activity patterns of Macaca tonkeana in response to anthropogenic habitat alteration. Int. J. Primatol. 28(1):107-133.

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Roberts, D.G., Ayre, D.J., and Whelan, R.J. 2007. Urban plants as genetic reservoirs or threats to the integrity of bushland plant populations. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):842-852.

Rodda, G.H., and Savidge, J.A. 2007. Biology and impacts of pacific island invasive species. 2. Boiga irregulatis, the Brown Tree Snake (Reptilia: Colubiridae). Pacific Sci. 61(3):307-324.

Rodríguez, C., Naves, J., Fernández-Gil, A., Obeso, J.R., and Delibes, M. 2007. Long-term trends in food habits of a relict brown bear population in northern Spain: the influence of climate and local factors. Environ. Conserv. 34(1):36-44.

Rodríguez, J.P., Taber, A.B., Daszak, P., Sukumar, R., Valladares-Padua, C., Padua, S., Aguirre, L.F., Medellín, R.A., Acosta, M., Aguirre, A.A., Bonacic, C., Bordino, P., Bruschini, J., Buchori, D., González, S., Mathew, T., Méndez, M., Mugica, L., Pacheco, L.F., Dobson, A.P., and Pearl, M. 2007. Globalization of conservation: a view from the south. Science 317(5839):755-756.

Rokich, D.P., and Dixon, K.W. 2007. Recent advances in restoration ecology, with a focus on the Banksia woodland and the smoke germination tool. Aust. J. Bot. 55(3):375-389.

Ruschel, A.R., Nodari, R.O., and Moerschbacher, B.M. 2007. Woody plant species richness in the Turvo State Park, a large remnant of deciduous Atlantic forest, Brazil. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(6):1699-1714.

Salo, M., and Pyhälä, A. 2007. Exploring the gap between conservation science and protected area establishment in the Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve (Peruvian Amazonia). Environ. Conserv. 34(1):23-32.

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Selvi, F. 2007. Diversity, geographic variation and conservation of the serpentine flora of Tuscany (Italy). Biodivers. Conserv. 16(5):1423-1439.

Seminoff, J.A., Paladino, F.V., and Rhodin, A.G.J. 2007. Refocusing on leatherbacks: conservation challenges and signs of success. Chelonian Conserv. Biol. 6(1):1-6.

Shearer, B.L., Crane, C.E., Barrett, S., and Cochrane, A. 2007. Phytophthora cinnamomi invasion, a major threatening process to conservation of flora diversity in the South-west Botanical Province of Western Australia. Aust. J. Bot. 55(3):225-238.

Sinclair, A.R.E., Mduma, S.A.R., Hopcraft, J.G.C., Fryxell, J.M., Hilborn, R., and Thirgood, S. 2007. Long-term ecosystem dynamics in the Serengeti: lessons for conservation. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):580-590.

Skov, H., Durinck, J., Leopold, M.F., and Tasker, M.L. 2007. A quantitative method for evaluating the importance of marine areas for conservation of birds. Biol. Conserv. 136(3):362-371.

Smith, G.F., Iremonger, S., Kelly, D.L., O'Donoghue, S., and Mitchell, F.J.G. 2007. Enhancing vegetation diversity in glades, rides and roads in plantation forests. Biol. Conserv. 136(2):283-294.

Snaddon, J.L., and Turner, E.C. 2007. A child's eye view of the insect world: perceptions of insect diversity. Environ. Conserv. 34(1):33-35.

Sobrinho, T.G., and Schoereder, J.H. 2007. Edge and shape effects on ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) species richness and composition in forest fragments. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(5):1459-1470.

Solano, E., and Feria, T.P. 2007. Ecological niche modeling and geographic distribution of the genus Polianthes L. (Agavaceae) in Mexico: using niche modeling to improve assessments of risk status. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(6):1885-1900.

Spänhoff, B., and Arle, J. 2007. Setting attainable goals of stream habitat restoration from a macroinvertebrate view. Restor. Ecol. 15(2):317-320.

Stave, J., Oba, G., Nordal, I., and Stenseth, N.C. 2007. Traditional ecological knowledge of a riverine forest in Turkana, Kenya: implications for research and management. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(5):1471-1489.

Stewart, G.B., Pullin, A.S., and Coles, C.F. 2007. Poor evidence-base for assessment of windfarm impacts on birds. Environ. Conserv. 34(1):1-11.

Stoner, C., Caro, T., Mduma, S., Mlingwa, C., Sabuni, G., and Borner, M. 2007. Assessment of effectiveness of protection strategies in Tanzania based on a decade of survey data for large herbivores. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):635-646.

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Temperton, V.M. 2007. The recent double paradigm shift in restoration ecology. Restor. Ecol. 15(2):344-347.

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Thompson, R., and Starzomski, B.M. 2007. What does biodiversity actually do? A review for managers and policy makers. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(5):1359-1378.

Thomson, J.R., Mac Nally, R., Fleishman, E., and Horrocks, G. 2007. Predicting bird species distributions in reconstructed landscapes. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):752-766.

Ticktin, T., Fraiola, H., and Whitehead, A.N. 2007. Non-timber forest product harvesting in alien-dominated forests: effects of frond-harvest and rainfall on the demography of two native Hawaiian ferns. Biodivers. Conserv. 16(6):1633-1651.

Timm, B.C., McGarigal, K., and Compton, B.W. 2007. Timing of large movement events of pond-breeding amphibians in Western Massachusetts, USA. Biol. Conserv. 136(3):442-454.

Tischew, S., and Kirmer, A. 2007. Implementation of basic studies in the ecological restoration of surface-mined land. Restor. Ecol. 15(2):321-325.

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Vester, H.F.M., Lawrence, D., Eastman, J.R., Turner, B.L., Calme, S., Dickson, R., Pozo, C., and Sangermano, F. 2007. Land change in the southern Yucatan and Calakmul Biosphere Reserve: effects on habitat and biodiversity. Ecol. Appl. 17(4):989-1003.

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Vogel, G. 2007. Scientists say Ebola has pushed western gorillas to the brink. Science 317(5844):1484.

Walker, K.J., Critchley, C.N.R., Sherwood, A.J., Large, R., Nuttall, P., Hulmes, S., Rose, R., and Mountford, J.O. 2007. The conservation of arable plants on cereal field margins: an assessment of new agri-environment scheme options in England, UK. Biol. Conserv. 136(2):260-270.

Wallentinus, I., and Nyberg, C.D. 2007. Introduced marine organisms as habitat modifiers. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 55(7-9):323-332.

Watanabe, K., and Omura, T. 2007. Relationship between reservoir size and genetic differentiation of the stream caddisfly Stenopsyche marmorata. Biol. Conserv. 136(2):203-211.

Weiher, E. 2007. On the status of restoration science: obstacles and opportunities. Restor. Ecol. 15(2):340-343.

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Whitelaw, G.S., and Eagles, P.F.J. 2007. Planning for long, wide conservation corridors on private lands in the Oak Ridges Moraine, Ontario, Canada. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):675-683.

Whitman, K.L., Starfield, A.M., Quadling, H., and Packer, C. 2007. Modeling the effects of trophy selection and environmental disturbance on a simulated population of African lions. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):591-601.

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Yakimowski, S.B., and Eckert, C.G. 2007. Threatened peripheral populations in context: geographical variation in population frequency and size and sexual reproduction in a clonal woody shrub. Conserv. Biol. 21(3):811-822.

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