Impacts of roads and linear clearings on tropical forests

Laurance, William F., Goosem, Miriam, and Laurance, Susan G.W. (2009) Impacts of roads and linear clearings on tropical forests. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 24. pp. 659-669.

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Abstract

Linear infrastructure such as roads, highways, power lines and gas lines are omnipresent features of human activity and are rapidly expanding in the tropics. Tropical species are especially vulnerable to such infrastructure because they include many ecological specialists that avoid even narrow (<30-m wide) clearings and forest edges, as well as other species that are susceptible to road kill, predation or hunting by humans near roads. In addition, roads have a major role in opening up forested tropical regions to destructive colonization and exploitation. Here, we synthesize existing research on the impacts of roads and other linear clearings on tropical rainforests, and assert that such impacts are often qualitatively and quantitatively different in tropical forests than in other ecosystems. We also highlight practical measures to reduce the negative impacts of roads and other linear infrastructure on tropical species.

Item ID: 5582
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: tropical Biology, conservation, roads, linear clearings, tropical forests, deforestation, hunting, roadkill
ISSN: 1872-8383
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009 01:09
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8998 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services > 899899 Environmentally Sustainable Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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