In a recently published paper in Forest Ecosystems, we evaluated forest sustainability of two forests (state and community/private owned) through quantification methods, utilizing SPOT-5 remotely sensed images for the years 2005 and 2011. This study was conducted in a sub-watershed area covering 468 km2, of which 201 km2 is managed by the state and 267 km2 by community/private ownership in the Murree Galliat region of Punjab province of Pakistan.
The results show that between the years 2005 to 2011, a total of 55 km2 (24 km2 in state-owned forest and 31 km2 in community/private forest) was converted from forest to non-forest. The study concludes that state-owned forests are better than the community/private forests in terms of conservation of forests and management. The findings of this paper may help to mobilize community awareness and identify effective initiatives for improved management of community/private forest land for other regions of Pakistan.
Article web link: http://www.forestecosyst.com/content/2/1/7
Conflicts of Interest: The findings reported stand as scientific study and observations of the author and do not necessarily reflect as the views of author’s organizations.
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