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Assessment of forest cover dynamics and ecosystem services perception in the Atlantic forest of Paraguay; combining remote sensing and household level data

Da Ponte, Emmanuel and Fleckenstein, Martina and Parker, Amanda and Oppelt, Natascha and Künzer, Claudia (2017) Assessment of forest cover dynamics and ecosystem services perception in the Atlantic forest of Paraguay; combining remote sensing and household level data. ISRSE - International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, 8-12 May 2017, Petroria, South Africa.

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Abstract

The Upper Parana Atlantic Forest (BAAPA) in Paraguay is one of the most threatened tropical forests in the world. The rapid growth of deforestation has resulted in the loss of 91% of its forest cover endangering not only their continuity but the biodiversity within them. In order to halt the continuous advancement of deforestation's activities (e.g. agricultural crops, cattle ranching, and illegal logging), many strategies and programs have been initiated, e.g. Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. While the approach of ecosystem services (ES) has been wildly applied by policy makers, it is not perceived strongly by the direct users of the forest. Therefore, this study provides a comprehensive understanding how landowners in the BAAPA region perceive the ES derived from the forest and what is their influence on forest conservation. The results were obtained from the combination of Earth Observation-based data and an extensive household survey carried out at the BAAPA region from January to February 2016. Remotely sensed data acquired from Landsat images from 2000 until 2016 were utilized in order to derive the extent of the forest cover and deforestation rates over the last 16 years. Household surveys provided a comprehensive understanding of the perception of the ecosystems service influence on the preservation of the forest in regards to a mixture of landowners, such as indigenous communities, small, medium and large farmers-scale farmers. Common to all is the understanding of the high ecological value of the forest. A strong dependency on forest-related products was observed for small and medium landowners whereas large-scale farmers considered forest’s main value to be mainly recreational and cultural. PES appears to be well accepted by forest owners however a stronger advertising must be given. Understanding the social value given to ecosystem services is a valuable contribution towards to conserving natural resources.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/123340/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Assessment of forest cover dynamics and ecosystem services perception in the Atlantic forest of Paraguay; combining remote sensing and household level data
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Da Ponte, EmmanuelEmmanuel.DaPonte (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fleckenstein, Martinamartina.fleckenstein (at) wwf.deUNSPECIFIED
Parker, Amandaamanda.parker (at) wwf.deUNSPECIFIED
Oppelt, Nataschaoppelt (at) geographie.uni-kiel.deUNSPECIFIED
Künzer, ClaudiaClaudia.Kuenzer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2017
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Remote sensing, forest, household survey, Atlantic Forest
Event Title:ISRSE - International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
Event Location:Petroria, South Africa
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:8-12 May 2017
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 - Remote sensing and geoscience
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface Dynamics
Deposited By: Da Ponte, Emmanuel
Deposited On:08 Dec 2018 14:37
Last Modified:08 Dec 2018 14:37

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