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Protection status and national socio-economic context shape land conversion in and around a key transboundary protected area complex in West Africa

Schulte to Bühne, Henrike and Wegmann, Martin and Durant, Sarah M. and Ransom, Chris and de Ornellas, Paul and Grange, Sophie and Beatty, Hope and Pettorelli, Nathalie (2017) Protection status and national socio-economic context shape land conversion in and around a key transboundary protected area complex in West Africa. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 3 (4), pp. 190-201. Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/rse2.47 ISSN 2056-3485

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Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rse2.47/abstract

Abstract

Transboundary cooperation is being promoted as an effective way to conserve biodiversity that straddles national borders. However, monitoring the ecological outcomes of these large-scale endeavours is challenging, and as a result, the factors and processes likely to shape their effectiveness remain poorly identified and understood. To address this knowledge gap, we tested three hypotheses pertaining to natural vegetation loss across the W-Arly-Pendjari protected area complex, a key biodiversity hotspot in West Africa. Using a new methodology to compare land cover change across large remote areas where independent validation data is unevenly distributed across time, we demonstrate widespread agricultural expansion outside protected areas over the past 13 years. Protected areas with high protection status appear considerably more effective at preventing land conversion than other protected areas. We moreover report marked differences in cropland expansion rates between countries, which we suggest may be linked to differences in rural population growth. Altogether, our results suggest that there can be considerable spatial heterogeneity in anthropogenic pressure across transboundary protected area complexes and call for more comprehensive assessments that capitalize on the current availability of remote sensing information

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/116959/
Document Type:Article
Title:Protection status and national socio-economic context shape land conversion in and around a key transboundary protected area complex in West Africa
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schulte to Bühne, HenrikeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wegmann, Martinmartin.wegmann (at) uni-wuerzburg.deUNSPECIFIED
Durant, Sarah M.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ransom, ChrisUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
de Ornellas, PaulUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grange, SophieUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Beatty, HopeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pettorelli, NathalieInstitute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London UKUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 March 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:3
DOI :10.1002/rse2.47
Page Range:pp. 190-201
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:2056-3485
Status:Published
Keywords:Land conversion, land cover classification, protection status, transboundary protected, areas, vegetation loss, WAP
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 Geowissenschaftl. Fernerkundungs- und GIS-Verfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center
Deposited By: Wöhrl, Monika
Deposited On:11 Dec 2017 13:20
Last Modified:16 Jul 2019 05:03

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