The Vegetation of Caye Caulker

Rietsema, Jacob and Beveridge, Dorothy and Lumb, Judy (2012) The Vegetation of Caye Caulker. Technical Report.

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    Abstract

    Caye Caulker is an island in transition, from harboring a small population of fishermen to a large population operating guest houses, restaurants, and stores to support a lucrative tourism industry. An unavoidable effect of this urbanization was a degradation of natural ecosystems. Since 2005 the authors have been making an inventory of the flora of Caye Caulker. This has resulted in a guide to the flora to help local citizens and tourists identify plants which grow on the island (Rietsema and Beveridge, 2010). We found about 270 different plant species, most of them native to Belize or Central and northern South America, but also a good many species are from other continents such as Asia, Africa and Australia. In this paper the authors will describe what happened to plant habitats and diversity as an example of what one can expect when a human society interferes with and replaces the natural environment on a mangrove island.

    Item Type: Technical Reports (Technical Report)
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      Publisher: Unknown
      Subjects: (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBC) Lagoons
      (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBD) Littoral Forests
      (C) Ecosystems > (CC) Terrestrial > (CCB) Savanna
      (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2013 15:47
      Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 15:47
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1341

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