Ecosystem services from small-scale forestry: a comparative analysis

Alamgir, Mohammed, and Turton, Stephen (2015) Ecosystem services from small-scale forestry: a comparative analysis. In: Abstracts from the IUFRO Research Group 3.08 Small-scale Forestry Conference. p. 11. From: IUFRO Research Group 3.08 Small-scale Forestry Conference, 11-15 October 2015, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.

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Ecosystem services are the benefits community derive from ecosystems. Uninterrupted supply of ecosystem services is an essential requirement for sustainable development, strong linkages between community wellbeing and ecosystem services having been identified. Although a growing number of research papers on ecosystem services assessment can be found, most of them focus on natural forests ecosystems. The capacity of small-scale forestry to supply ecosystem services has largely been ignored. This paper spatially assesses the capacity of small-scale forest restoration plantations to supply ecosystem services, and compares these with rainforests and sclerophyll forests in the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland, Australia. The Wet Tropics consists of a landscape dominating by rainforests and sclerophyll forests, including the world largest rainforests World Heritage Area. Small-scale restoration plantations are designed to establishing ecological connectivity. Data on forest vegetation have been collected from 66 plots of 0.05 ha area distributed over rainforests, sclerophyll forests and restoration plantations, and spatially analysed. The supply of some ecosystem services including global climate regulation, air quality regulation and habitat provision from small­ scale forests is found to be comparable with rainforests and sclerophyll forests. This study has policy implications for environmental decision-making focusing on ecosystem service supply from small-scale forestry.

Item ID: 53366
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: ecosystem services
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Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 01:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050102 Ecosystem Function @ 20%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9612 Rehabilitation of Degraded Environments > 961203 Rehabilitation of Degraded Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960505 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments @ 40%
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