Patterns of forest loss in one of Africa's last remaining wilderness areas: Niassa national reserve (northern Mozambique)

Allan, James R., Grossmann, Falk, Craig, Rob, Nelson, Alastair, Maina, Joseph, Flower, Kathleen, Bampton, James, Deffontaines, Jean-Baptiste, Miguel, Cornelio, Araquechande, Baldeu and Watson, James E.M. (2017) Patterns of forest loss in one of Africa's last remaining wilderness areas: Niassa national reserve (northern Mozambique). Parks, 23 2: 40-50. doi:10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.PARKS-23-2JRA.en


Author Allan, James R.
Grossmann, Falk
Craig, Rob
Nelson, Alastair
Maina, Joseph
Flower, Kathleen
Bampton, James
Deffontaines, Jean-Baptiste
Miguel, Cornelio
Araquechande, Baldeu
Watson, James E.M.
Title Patterns of forest loss in one of Africa's last remaining wilderness areas: Niassa national reserve (northern Mozambique)
Journal name Parks
ISSN 2411-2119
0960-233X
Publication date 2017-11-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2305/IUCN.CH.2017.PARKS-23-2JRA.en
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 40
End page 50
Total pages 11
Publisher IUCN - International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Language eng
Subject 2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
Abstract Niassa National Reserve (NNR) supports Mozambique's largest populations of endangered fauna and sustains the livelihoods of > 40,000 people who utilise its natural resources. Accurately monitoring finescale spatial and temporal trends in land-use and tree-cover is increasingly used for monitoring the ecological state of conservation areas. Here we provide essential information on land-use changes in NNR to support ongoing conservation efforts in the region. We examined patterns of forest and woodland loss in NNR between 2001 and 2014 using high resolution maps of global tree-cover change, and compared this with changes in the wider region. We found that NNR lost 108 km of forest (0.9 per cent of its 11,970 km aggregated forest extent), with the majority (89 km) of forest loss occurring due to expanding agriculture around settlements and along main roads. Although this loss was substantial, it was lower than changes in the surrounding region, with the adjacent districts and Provinces losing 200 km (3.2 per cent) and 6,594 km (5.7 per cent) of their respective forest extents. We found NNR's diverse Miombo ecosystems are still intact and could support large mega-faunal assemblages, investment in ensuring the long-term success of NNR is an obvious global conservation priority.
Keyword African conservation
Biodiversity conservation
Conservation planning
Forest loss
Habitat loss
Monitoring
Protected areas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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