Land-cover change in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve 1993-2006): A first step towards creating a conservation plan for the subregion.

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dc.contributor.author Coetzer, K.L.
dc.contributor.author Erasmus, B.F.N.
dc.contributor.author Witkowski, E.T.F.
dc.contributor.author Bachoo, A.K.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T14:59:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T14:59:39Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07
dc.identifier.citation Coetzer, K.L. et al. 2010. Land-cover change in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve 1993-2006): A first step towards creating a conservation plan for the subregion. South African Journal of Science 106(7/8), pp. 1-10. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (Print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21090
dc.description.abstract This paper is a first step towards a conservation plan for the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve K2C) on the South African Central Lowveld, quantifying the historical land-cover trends 1993-2006). During the analysis period, 36% of the biosphere reserve BR) underwent land-cover change. Settlement areas increased by 39.7%, mainly in rural areas, becoming denser, particularly along roadways. Human-Impacted Vegetation increased by 6.8% and Intact Vegetation declined by 7.3%, predominantly around settlement areas, which is testament to the interdependency between rural communities and the local environment. However, settlement expansion exceeded the rate of rangeland growth; in the long term, this may raise questions for sustainable resource extraction. Similarly, the block losses of intact vegetation are of concern; issues of fragmentation arise, with knock-on effects for ecosystem functioning. In the economic sector, agriculture increased by 51.9%, while forestry and mining declined by 7.1% and 6.3%, respectively. The future of these three sectors may also have significant repercussions for land-cover change in the BR. The identification of historical drivers, along with the chance that existing trends may continue, will have important implications for biodiversity protection in this landscape. Applied within a conservation-planning framework, these land-cover data, together with economic and biodiversity data, will help reconcile the spatial requirements of socio-economic development with those of conservation. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) en_ZA
dc.rights © 2010. The Authors. Licensee: OpenJournals Publishing. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Central Lowveld en_ZA
dc.subject Conservation planning en_ZA
dc.subject Development en_ZA
dc.subject Land-use change en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Kruger National Park en_ZA
dc.subject agricultural land en_ZA
dc.subject anthropogenic effect en_ZA
dc.subject biodiversity en_ZA
dc.subject development strategy en_ZA
dc.subject forest management en_ZA
dc.subject fragmentation en_ZA
dc.subject habitat conservation en_ZA
dc.subject human settlement en_ZA
dc.subject mining en_ZA
dc.subject nature conservation en_ZA
dc.subject protected area en_ZA
dc.subject quantitative analysis en_ZA
dc.subject rangeland en_ZA
dc.subject socioeconomic status en_ZA
dc.subject sustainability en_ZA
dc.title Land-cover change in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve 1993-2006): A first step towards creating a conservation plan for the subregion. en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 106 en_ZA
dc.journal.title South African Journal of Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian SP2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.4102/sajs.v106i7/8.221 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 7/8 en_ZA


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