Parks as a Mechanism to Maintain and Facilitate Recovery of Forest Cover: Examining Reforestation, Forest Maintenance and Productivity in Uganda

Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 10)


Tropical forests are among the world’s most productive ecosystems, providing important social and environmental benefits. However, they are increasingly threatened by accelerating rates of forest conversion and degradation (Brown and Lugo 1990). The Food and Agriculture Organization estimated that 13 million ha of forest are converted annually to agriculture and pasture in developing countries (FAO 2006). Forest loss and fragmentation of tropical forests has been called the single greatest threat to global biological diversity (Turner and Corlett 1996; Laurance and Bierregaard 1997). Hill and Curran (2003) assert that fragmentation negatively impacts species composition due to a reduction in forest area and an isolation of the remaining forest fragments.


Land Cover Normalize Difference Vegetation Index Forest Cover Forest Fragment Surrounding Landscape 
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This research was supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#0352008), a Working Forests in the Tropics Field Research Grant, and the Center for African Studies David L. Niddrie Memorial Scholarship. Permission to conduct this research was granted by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Uganda Wildlife Authority, and local council leaders and their representatives in Kabarole and Kibale districts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel Hartter
    • 1
  • Jane Southworth
    • 2
  • Michael Binford
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Land Use and Environmental Change Institute (LUECI)University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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