Logging Pattern and Landscape Change in Southern Mexico: Identifying Potential Weaknesses and Strengthening Conservation in Community-Based Management Programs through Landscape Analysis
Periodo de realización: 2018/06/01 al 2018/01/01
Tipo: Artículo científico
Lugar(es) de estudio: Cintalapa de Figueroa, Chis., México
Resumen: "The assessment of landscape dynamic changes under community-based management schemes represents a key step to assess the viability of alternative forest sustainable models. We evaluated changes in structure and composition of a forested landscape subject to a community-based management scheme in southern Mexico over the past 30 years. Forest use and history in the study landscape coupled with relatively intense silvicultural practices have led to a significant replacement of mature forests by a complex mixture of early successional vegetation stages. An analysis of land cover changes (1986–2001 and 2001–2016) reveals that closed forests experienced a high rate of change (-3%) and high levels of fragmentation, whereas secondary forests (3%), bare soils and low vegetation (3%), and scrub (0.4%) have recorded important increases in land cover. A monitoring scheme is urgently needed to evaluate landscape modification and to strengthen conservation and sustainability in community-based management programs.