Logging and indigenous hunting impacts on persistence of large Neotropical animals

dc.contributor.authorRoopsind, A.
dc.contributor.authorCaughlin, T.T.
dc.contributor.authorSambhu, H.
dc.contributor.authorFragoso, J.M.V.
dc.contributor.authorPutz, Francis E.
dc.titleLogging and indigenous hunting impacts on persistence of large Neotropical animalsen
dcterms.accessRightsLimited access
dcterms.typeJournal Article
fsc.evidenceCategoryFSC impact-related
fsc.focus.forestTypeNatural Forest
fsc.issue.environmentalAnimal biodiversity
fsc.subjectProcurement Policies
fsc.subjectCompany Commitments
fsc.subjectSustainable Sourcing
fsc.subjectConsumer Goods Forum
fsc.subjectSoft Commodities
fsc.subjectPulp And Paper
fsc.subjectAssessment of Progress
is.availability.fullTextFull text available
is.contributor.memberForest Stewardship Council
is.coverage.regionSouth America
is.evaluation.collectionCase studies
is.evaluation.notesThis study explores the effect of logging and subsistence hunting by indigenous people on large vertebrate species in a FSC-certified multiple-use forest in Guyana. The authors deployed camera-traps in contiguous logged and unlogged forests to i) compare the relative presence of vertebrates, and ii) compare the large vertebrate density of the overall site with that of protected forests with little to no anthropogenic disturbance.
is.evaluation.notesThe rate of both large carnivores and herbivores detected were much higher in the logged forest than in the unlogged forest.
is.evaluation.notesAlso, the density of jaguars and ocelots in the overall landscape (considering both the logged and the unlogged forest) was similar to those found in protected areas as reported in the literature.
is.evaluation.notesOverall, after considering the effect of logging and hunting, the authors found weak and insignificant effect on animal detection rates, also when considering the response of specific species.
is.evaluation.notesIt should be reminded that the study design does not allow to isolate the effect of FSC-certification from that of logging. Therefore, no effects can be attributed to FSC. Moreover, high detection rate of animals in the logged forest might result from an increased detection probability due to the altered forest structure. However, the authors conclude that their results:“provide support for the conservation value of managed forests for large vertebrates that are sensitive to human- induced environmental changes (Laurance et al. 2012).”
is.evaluation.notesNotably, the authors remind that:“The impact of selective logging on tropical biodiversity is dependent on the policies, practices, and enforcement contexts in which forest management occurs.”
is.evaluation.quotes“The observed lack of a negative effect of RIL on large vertebrates is in line with other studies on birds, bats, amphibians and primates conducted in Iwokrama Forest (Bicknell & Peres 2010, Bicknell et al. 2015b, Holting et al. 2016). Similar to those studies, we attribute our finding to the low intensity of timber harvests coupled with the use of specific harvesting practices that minimize undesirable logging damage. With planned roads and skid trails coupled with directional felling and log extraction by trained workers, much of the area designated for logging suffers no direct impacts from RIL (Arevalo et al. 2016) and therefore remains suitable for species that normally avoid disturbed forests.”
is.focus.systemElementMandE outcomes and impacts
is.focus.systemElementMandE performance monitoring
is.identifier.schemeNameForest Stewardship Council
is.identifier.schemeTypeVoluntary Sustainability Standards
is.item.reviewStatusPeer reviewed