Effectiveness of protected areas in preventing rubber expansion and deforestation in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China
Sarathchandra, Chaya1,2,3,4,6; Dossa, Gbadamassi G. O.1,3,4; Ranjitkar, Niranjan Bhakta1,2,3,4; Chen, Huafang1,3,4; Deli, Zhai1,3,4; Ranjitkar, Sailesh1,3,4; de Silva, Kaluwa Handi Wasana Lalanthi2,5; Wickramasinghe, Sriyani6; Xu, Jianchu1,3,4; Harrison, Rhett D.7
2018-08-01
Source PublicationLAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT
ISSN1085-3278
Volume29Issue:8Pages:2417-2427
Abstract

Protected areas (PAs) are supposedly key refuges for the world's remaining biodiversity. Our study site, Xishuangbanna, harbors a high proportion of China's biodiversity but is threatened by rapid deforestation and expansion of monoculture rubber. We quantified the success of Xishuangbanna's PAs in preventing deforestation. Most previous analyses of PA effectiveness have insufficiently accounted for biases arising from PA location and establishment, because they overlooked the importance of site-matching in accounting for landscape change. We used matching methods to minimize such biases in comparing land use conversion rates inside and outside-PAs. By 2010, Xishuangbanna had 3,455.5km(2) (similar to 18%) designated as PAs. However, rubber occupied 22% of its land area and was expanding at a rate of 153.4km(2)/year. Between 1988 and 2010, conventional analysis showed a deforestation rate of 9.3km(2)/year. However, matching analysis showed a significantly higher rate of deforestation, 10.7km(2)/year, which resulted in the deforestation of similar to 11% of PA's land. We argue that PAs were less effective than had previously been thought. The situation worsened from 2002 to 2010, when the deforestation rate within PAs was actually higher than that of outside PAs, although this difference was not significant. The designated higher levels of protection in core' zones were also unsuccessful in preventing deforestation. At current rates, within the next 50years, a further 16% of PAs would be deforested in Xishuangbanna. This could even be an underestimate, as without intervention, drivers of deforestation tend to accelerate. Therefore, reviewing and strengthening current PA management policies is essential.

KeywordDeforestation Land Use Land Cover Low Land Rainforest Protected Areas Rubber Monoculture Xishuangbanna
DOI10.1002/ldr.2970
Language英语
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Agriculture
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Soil Science
WOS IDWOS:000441249100016
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/62301
Collection中国科学院东亚植物多样性与生物地理学重点实验室
Corresponding AuthorXu, Jianchu
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Divers & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Kunming Inst Bot, Ctr Mt Ecosyst Studies, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.World Agroforestry Ctr ICRAF, East & Cent Asia Reg Off, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Hydrobiol, State Key Lab Freshwater Ecol & Biotechnol, Donghu Expt Stn Lake Ecosyst, Wuhan 430072, Hubei, Peoples R China
6.Rajarata Univ, Fac Sci Appl, Dept Biol Sci, Mihintale 50300, Sri Lanka
7.World Agroforestry Ctr, 13 Elm Rd, Lusaka, Zambia
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Sarathchandra, Chaya,Dossa, Gbadamassi G. O.,Ranjitkar, Niranjan Bhakta,et al. Effectiveness of protected areas in preventing rubber expansion and deforestation in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China[J]. LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT,2018,29(8):2417-2427.
APA Sarathchandra, Chaya.,Dossa, Gbadamassi G. O..,Ranjitkar, Niranjan Bhakta.,Chen, Huafang.,Deli, Zhai.,...&Harrison, Rhett D..(2018).Effectiveness of protected areas in preventing rubber expansion and deforestation in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China.LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT,29(8),2417-2427.
MLA Sarathchandra, Chaya,et al."Effectiveness of protected areas in preventing rubber expansion and deforestation in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China".LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT 29.8(2018):2417-2427.
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