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Forest cover loss in Paraguay and perception of ecosystem services: A case study of the Upper Parana Forest

Da Ponte, Emmanuel and Künzer, Claudia and Parker, Amanda and Rodas, Oscar and Oppelt, Natascha and Fleckenstein, Martina (2017) Forest cover loss in Paraguay and perception of ecosystem services: A case study of the Upper Parana Forest. Ecosystem Services, 24, pp. 200-212. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.03.009 ISBN 2212-0416 ISSN 2212-0416

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041616303825


The Upper Parana Atlantic Forest (BAAPA) in Paraguay is one of the most threatened tropical forests in the world. Relentless agricultural encroachment has left less than 10% of its original cover intact. Many strategies and programs have been initiated, such as Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes, to halt forest cover loss. While the approach of ecosystem services (ES) has been continuously applied by policy makers, it has not been perceived strongly by the direct users of the forest. This study provides a comprehensive understanding on how landowners in the BAAPA perceive and benefits from ES derived from the forest and examines the influence of farmers on forest conservation. The results were obtained from an extensive household survey performed in the BAAPA region. An understanding of the high ecological value of the forest is common to all farmers. A strong dependency on forest-related products was observed for small and medium landowners whereas large-scale farmers considered the forest’s main value to be mostly recreational and cultural. PES appears to be well accepted by forest owners, but it must receive stronger promotion. Understanding the importance of ecosystem services is a valuable contribution toward to conserving natural resources.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111553/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information:The PhD research has been developed under the context of the Paraguay Land Use (PARLU) project executed by WWF Paraguay. PARLU aimed to integrate human activities and forest conservation by developing alternative livelihoods that could lower the pressure of deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).
Title:Forest cover loss in Paraguay and perception of ecosystem services: A case study of the Upper Parana Forest
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Da Ponte, EmmanuelEmmanuel.DaPonte (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Künzer, Claudiaclaudia.kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Parker, Amandaamanda.parker (at) wwf.deUNSPECIFIED
Rodas, Oscarorodas (at) wwf.org.pyUNSPECIFIED
Oppelt, Nataschaoppelt (at) geographie.uni-kiel.deUNSPECIFIED
Fleckenstein, Martinamartina.fleckenstein (at) wwf.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Ecosystem Services
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.03.009
Page Range:pp. 200-212
Keywords:Paraguay, Atlantic forest, Forest cover loss, Ecosystem services, Household survey, Perception
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Da Ponte, Emmanuel
Deposited On:27 Mar 2017 14:35
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:08

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