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(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2007)

Document title

Grasslands to tree plantations : forest transition in the Andes of Ecuador

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FARLEY K.A. ;

Abstract

Over the past 4 decades the establishment of pine plantations in high altitude páramo grasslands has been a growing land use change in Ecuador. As a result, plantation forestry has transformed some highland landscapes from grasslands to ones dominated by exotic trees. This transformation is analyzed in the context of forest transition theory, which provides a framework for explaining scenarios of increasing forest cover. The results indicate that, in the case of páramo to pine transitions, the biophysical response includes a loss of soil carbon, nitrogen, and water retention capacity, implying important trade-offs between the ecosystem services provided by páramos and those provided by pine plantations

Source

Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2007, vol. 97, no4 [pp. 755-771]

Bibliographic references : 103 ref.

Collation : Illustration ;

Language

Anglais

Localisation

Laboratoire INTERGEO - Paris

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 5096

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