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The History of Deforestation and Forest Fragmentation: A Global Perspective

Bhagwat, Shonil (2014). The History of Deforestation and Forest Fragmentation: A Global Perspective. In: Kettle, Chris J. and Koh, Lian Pin eds. Global Forest Fragmentation. Wallingford: CAB International, pp. 5–19.

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Abstract

This chapter draws on long-term ecological studies from across the globe to reconstruct the history of deforestation and forest fragmentation. It includes studies from a variety of forest biomes focusing on the last 11,500 years (the Holocene), paying particular attention to forest fragmentation as a result of expanding agricultural frontiers. Piecing together evidence from a number of case studies from around the world, this chapter attempts to provide a timeline of the earliest occurrence of forest fragmentation and its extent. While there are a large number of studies from Europe and Asia and a few from the Americas, Australasia and Eurasia, limited information is available from tropical Americas, Africa, and South and South-east Asia. This chapter indicates the need for further research of the literature and a global meta-analysis to identify the evidence for historical deforestation and forest fragmentation. The chapter also highlights the need for long-term ecological research and palaeoecological investigations to enhance our understanding of the historical timeline of deforestation and forest fragmentation in the tropics.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2014 CAB International
ISBN: 1-78064-203-2, 978-1-78064-203-1
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 44756
Depositing User: Shonil Bhagwat
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 19:41
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44756
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