Designing multifunctional landscapes for forest conservation

Santika, Truly, Meijaard, Erik and Wilson, Kerrie A. (2015) Designing multifunctional landscapes for forest conservation. Environmental Research Letters, 10 11: 1-9. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114012

Author Santika, Truly
Meijaard, Erik
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Title Designing multifunctional landscapes for forest conservation
Journal name Environmental Research Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-9326
Publication date 2015-11-05
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114012
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 11
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract A multifunctional landscape approach to forest protection has been advocated for tropical countries. Designing such landscapes necessitates that the role of different land uses in protecting forest be evaluated, along with the spatial interactions between land uses. However, such evaluations have been hindered by a lack of suitable analysis methodologies and data with fine spatial resolution over long time periods. We demonstrate the utility of a matching method with multiple categories to evaluate the role of alternative land uses in protecting forest. We also assessed the impact of land use change trajectories on the rate of deforestation. We employed data from Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) at three different time periods during 2000–2012 to illustrate our approach. Four single land uses (protected areas (PA), natural forest logging concessions (LC), timber plantation concessions (TC) and oil-palm plantation concessions (OC)) and two mixed land uses (mixed concessions and the overlap between concessions and PA) were assessed. The rate of deforestation was found to be lowest for PA, followed by LC. Deforestation rates for all land uses tended to be highest for locations that share the characteristics of areas in which TC or OC are located (e.g. degraded areas), suggesting that these areas are inherently more susceptible to deforestation due to foregone opportunities. Our approach provides important insights into how multifunctional landscapes can be designed to enhance the protection of biodiversity.
Keyword Borneo
Logging concessions
Multifunctional landscapes
Timber plantation concessions
Tropical countries
Oilpalm concessions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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