Sokoine University of Agriculture

Deforestation and CO 2 emissions in coastal Tanzania from 1990 to 2007

Show simple item record Godoy, F. L. Tabor, K. Burgess, N. D. Mbilinyi, B. P. Kashaigili, J. P. Steininger, M. K. 2017-04-05T10:31:09Z 2017-04-05T10:31:09Z 2011
dc.description Environmental Conservation, 2011; 39 (1): 62-71 en_US
dc.description.abstract Conversion of forest to other land uses is a major contributor to climate change. The coastal forests of Tanzania have increasingly been recognized as being of global biodiversity importance, due to high rates of species endemism. Rates of forest loss are similar to those of other tropical regions, resulting in increasing levels of threat for the biological values within the remaining forest and potentially significant source of CO 2 emissions. This study estimated the remaining cover and carbon stock of Tanzania’s coastal forests and the CO 2 emissions due to forest loss between c. 1990 and c. 2007. Coastal Tanzania contained over 273 700 ha of forest in 2007. Deforestation rates in the area have slowed from 1.0 % yr −1 , or > 3735 ha yr −1 during the 1990s, to 0.4 % yr −1 , or > 1233 ha yr −1 during 2000–2007. Despite lower deforestation rates in 2000–2007, the percentage forest lost from within reserved areas has remained steady at 0.2 % yr −1 for both time periods. CO 2 emissions from deforestation slowed from at least 0.63 Mt CO 2 yr −1 in 1990–2000 to at least 0.20 Mt CO 2 yr −1 in 2000–2007. Regional forest clearance in Tanzania is highly dynamic; while rates have slowed since 2000, forest habitat conversion has continued and there is no guarantee that future rates will remain low. A rigorous policy on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) should be implemented to avoid future increases in deforestation rates. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Foundation for Environmental Conservation en_US
dc.subject Biomass en_US
dc.subject Carbon Stock en_US
dc.subject Climate change en_US
dc.subject Eastern Africa en_US
dc.subject Forest cover en_US
dc.subject Forest reserves en_US
dc.subject Greenhouse gases en_US
dc.subject Lowland forests en_US
dc.subject Protected areas en_US
dc.subject Remote sensing en_US
dc.title Deforestation and CO 2 emissions in coastal Tanzania from 1990 to 2007 en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url doi:10.1017/S037689291100035X en_US

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