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Losing a jewel-Rapid declines in Myanmar's intact forests from 2002-2014

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dc.contributor.author Bhagwat, Tejas en
dc.contributor.author Hess, Andrea en
dc.contributor.author Horning, Ned en
dc.contributor.author Khaing, Thiri en
dc.contributor.author Thein, Zaw Min en
dc.contributor.author Aung, Kyaw Moe en
dc.contributor.author Aung, Kyaw Htet en
dc.contributor.author Phyo, Paing en
dc.contributor.author Tun, Ye Lin en
dc.contributor.author Oo, Aung Htat en
dc.contributor.author Neil, Anthony en
dc.contributor.author Thu, Win Myo en
dc.contributor.author Songer, Melissa A. en
dc.contributor.author LaJeunesse Connette, Katherine j. en
dc.contributor.author Bernd, Asja en
dc.contributor.author Huang, Qiongyu en
dc.contributor.author Connette, Grant en
dc.contributor.author Leimgruber, Peter en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-19T18:08:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-19T18:08:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Bhagwat, Tejas, Hess, Andrea, Horning, Ned, Khaing, Thiri, Thein, Zaw Min, Aung, Kyaw Moe, Aung, Kyaw Htet, Phyo, Paing, Tun, Ye Lin, Oo, Aung Htat, Neil, Anthony, Thu, Win Myo, Songer, Melissa A., LaJeunesse Connette, Katherine j., Bernd, Asja, Huang, Qiongyu, Connette, Grant, and Leimgruber, Peter. 2017. "<a href="https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/33168">Losing a jewel-Rapid declines in Myanmar&#39;s intact forests from 2002-2014</a>." <em>PloS One</em>. 12 (5):<a href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176364">https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0176364</a> en
dc.identifier.issn 1932-6203
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10088/33168
dc.description.abstract New and rapid political and economic changes in Myanmar are increasing the pressures on the country&#39;s forests. Yet, little is known about the past and current condition of these forests and how fast they are declining. We mapped forest cover in Myanmar through a consortium of international organizations and environmental non-governmental groups, using freely-available public domain data and open source software tools. We used Landsat satellite imagery to assess the condition and spatial distribution of Myanmar&#39;s intact and degraded forests with special focus on changes in intact forest between 2002 and 2014. We found that forests cover 42,365,729 ha or 63% of Myanmar, making it one of the most forested countries in the region. However, severe logging, expanding plantations, and degradation pose increasing threats. Only 38% of the country&#39;s forests can be considered intact with canopy cover &gt;80%. Between 2002 and 2014, intact forests declined at a rate of 0.94% annually, totaling more than 2 million ha forest loss. Losses can be extremely high locally and we identified 9 townships as forest conversion hotspots. We also delineated 13 large (&gt;100,000 ha) and contiguous intact forest landscapes, which are dispersed across Myanmar. The Northern Forest Complex supports four of these landscapes, totaling over 6.1 million ha of intact forest, followed by the Southern Forest Complex with three landscapes, comprising 1.5 million ha. These remaining contiguous forest landscape should have high priority for protection. Our project demonstrates how open source data and software can be used to develop and share critical information on forests when such data are not readily available elsewhere. We provide all data, code, and outputs freely via the internet at (for scripts: https://bitbucket.org/rsbiodiv/; for the data: http://geonode.themimu.info/layers/geonode%3Amyan_lvl2_smoothed_dec2015_resamp). en
dc.relation.ispartof PloS One en
dc.title Losing a jewel-Rapid declines in Myanmar&#39;s intact forests from 2002-2014 en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.srbnumber 143663
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0176364
rft.jtitle PloS One
rft.volume 12
rft.issue 5
dc.description.SIUnit NZP en
dc.description.SIUnit Peer-reviewed en


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