HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Satellite survey links tropical park fires with poverty and corruption

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 tropica
'"/>

Contact: Beth King
kingb@si.edu
01-150-721-28216
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
9-Jul-2007


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Satellite tracking reveals threats to Borneo pygmy elephants
2. Satellite tracking will help answer questions about penguin travels
3. Satellite images reveal link between urban growth and changing rainfall patterns
4. Satellite images show destroyed and threatened villages in Darfur
5. Satellites shed light on global warming
6. Satellites play vital role in understanding the carbon cycle
7. Satellite data vital to UN climate findings
8. Satellite radar gauges water levels in Louisiana wetlands
9. Satellite images obtained by AAAS program provide strong evidence of Zimbabwe repression
10. Satellite instrument helps tackle mysteries of ozone-eating clouds
11. Satellites support businesses working for sustainable development

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 09, 2020 , ... Today CJ BIO announced ... will share insight on the “fifth taste” phenomenon that is revolutionizing ingredient mixes, nutritional ... Advantage will be live on Monday, July 13, 2020 at11:00 AM (CDT) during SHIFT20, ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... , ... July 01, 2020 , ... ... it had completed the purchase of Teva-Takeda Pharmaceuticals’ packaging facility in Minakuchi, located ... existing Japanese clinical supply facility located in Kakegawa, the new 60,000-square-foot facility will ...
(Date:6/25/2020)... ... June 24, 2020 , ... eClinical Solutions LLC ... services that accelerate drug development, is collaborating with Karyopharm Therapeutics (Nasdaq: KPTI ... patients with severe COVID-19. This is the first study of an XPO1 inhibitor ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... eSource has long been touted ... will cover the history of eSource, the reasons it did not take off as ... to site source, the industry is moving towards capturing data electronically for clinical trials ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 16, 2020 , ... After research model surgery and catheter ... great surgery is only the beginning of a successful study, while protecting and accessing ... Brad Gien, Global Head of Surgery from Envigo in a live ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 08, 2020 , ... ... products, announces a significant expansion of laboratory operations through its COVID-19 testing ... implementing testing programs. , Bode-CARES provides a turnkey solution that ...
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... July 06, 2020 , ... R3 International is now offering stem ... 200 million stem cells. Depending on the patient's condition, treatment may be offered IV, ... die having some form of Alzheimers dementia, and the incidence continues to increase as ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: