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Human impact of wild firewood species in the Rural Andes community of Apillapampa, Bolivia

Evert Thomas, David Douterlungne, Ina Vandebroek, Frieke Heens, Paul Goetghebeur UGent and Patrick Van Damme UGent (2011) ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT. 178(1-4). p.333-347
abstract
Firewood is the basic fuel source in rural Bolivia. A study was conducted in an Andean village of subsistence farmers to investigate human impact on wild firewood species. A total of 114 different fuel species was inventoried during fieldtrips and transect sampling. Specific data on abundance and growth height of wild firewood species were collected in thirty-six transects of 50 x2 m(2). Information on fuel uses of plants was obtained from 13 local Quechua key participants. To appraise the impact of fuel harvest, the extraction impact value (EIV) index was developed. This index takes into account local participants' appreciation of (1) decreasing plant abundance; (2) regeneration capacity of plants; (3) impact of root harvesting; and (4) quality of firewood. Results suggest that several (sub-)woody plant species are negatively affected by firewood harvesting. We found that anthropogenic pressure, expressed as EIV, covaried with density of firewood species, which could entail higher human pressure on more abundant and/or more accessible species. The apparent negative impact of anthropogenic pressure on populations of wild fuel species is corroborated by our finding that, in addition to altitude, several anthropogenic variables (i.e. site accessibility, cultivation of exotics and burning practices) explain part of the variation in height of firewood species in the surroundings of Apillapampa.
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keyword
VEGETATION, DISTURBANCE, KNOWLEDGE, SAVANNA, BIODIVERSITY, PLANTATIONS, VALUATION, FORESTS, INDIA, use, Firewood, Vegetation ecology, DIVERSITY
journal title
ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT
Environ. Monit. Assess.
volume
178
issue
1-4
pages
333 - 347
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000292162200027
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
1.4 (2011)
JCR rank
118/203 (2011)
JCR quartile
3 (2011)
ISSN
0167-6369
DOI
10.1007/s10661-010-1693-z
language
English
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yes
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A1
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1853251
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1853251
date created
2011-07-06 09:11:57
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2011-08-02 13:48:43
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  abstract     = {Firewood is the basic fuel source in rural Bolivia. A study was conducted in an Andean village of subsistence farmers to investigate human impact on wild firewood species. A total of 114 different fuel species was inventoried during fieldtrips and transect sampling. Specific data on abundance and growth height of wild firewood species were collected in thirty-six transects of 50 x2 m(2). Information on fuel uses of plants was obtained from 13 local Quechua key participants. To appraise the impact of fuel harvest, the extraction impact value (EIV) index was developed. This index takes into account local participants' appreciation of (1) decreasing plant abundance; (2) regeneration capacity of plants; (3) impact of root harvesting; and (4) quality of firewood. Results suggest that several (sub-)woody plant species are negatively affected by firewood harvesting. We found that anthropogenic pressure, expressed as EIV, covaried with density of firewood species, which could entail higher human pressure on more abundant and/or more accessible species. The apparent negative impact of anthropogenic pressure on populations of wild fuel species is corroborated by our finding that, in addition to altitude, several anthropogenic variables (i.e. site accessibility, cultivation of exotics and burning practices) explain part of the variation in height of firewood species in the surroundings of Apillapampa.},
  author       = {Thomas, Evert and Douterlungne, David and Vandebroek, Ina and Heens, Frieke and Goetghebeur, Paul and Van Damme, Patrick},
  issn         = {0167-6369},
  journal      = {ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT},
  keyword      = {VEGETATION,DISTURBANCE,KNOWLEDGE,SAVANNA,BIODIVERSITY,PLANTATIONS,VALUATION,FORESTS,INDIA,use,Firewood,Vegetation ecology,DIVERSITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-4},
  pages        = {333--347},
  title        = {Human impact of wild firewood species in the Rural Andes community of Apillapampa, Bolivia},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-010-1693-z},
  volume       = {178},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Thomas, Evert, David Douterlungne, Ina Vandebroek, Frieke Heens, Paul Goetghebeur, and Patrick Van Damme. 2011. “Human Impact of Wild Firewood Species in the Rural Andes Community of Apillapampa, Bolivia.” Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 178 (1-4): 333–347.
APA
Thomas, E., Douterlungne, D., Vandebroek, I., Heens, F., Goetghebeur, P., & Van Damme, P. (2011). Human impact of wild firewood species in the Rural Andes community of Apillapampa, Bolivia. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, 178(1-4), 333–347.
Vancouver
1.
Thomas E, Douterlungne D, Vandebroek I, Heens F, Goetghebeur P, Van Damme P. Human impact of wild firewood species in the Rural Andes community of Apillapampa, Bolivia. ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT. 2011;178(1-4):333–47.
MLA
Thomas, Evert, David Douterlungne, Ina Vandebroek, et al. “Human Impact of Wild Firewood Species in the Rural Andes Community of Apillapampa, Bolivia.” ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT 178.1-4 (2011): 333–347. Print.