Cover Gradients and the Forest-Community Frontier: Indigenous Forests Under Communal Management at Vondo and Xanthia, South Africa

C. Munyati, N. I. Sinthumule

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Abstract

Rural communities in the developing world contexts are heavily reliant on the environment for their livelihoods, often resulting in reduction in forest and woodland tree cover and species diversity. This article provides indicative data at two threatened tropical forest and woodland sites in northeastern South Africa. Woody individuals and species were quantified at 1-ha sample plots both close to and away from adjacent villages, and the data analyzed using Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Surprisingly, for a developing world context, results suggest that the forests are in a good state of conservation. Management factors likely to be responsible are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-775
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Sustainable Forestry
Volume33
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Communal property regime
  • Deforestation
  • GIS
  • Woody vegetation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Food Science
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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