Conceptual Ecological Model of the Chiquibul/Maya Mountain Massif, Belize

Briggs, Venetia S. and Mazzotti, Frank J. and Harvey, Rebecca G. and Barnes, Tomma K. and Manzanero, Rafael and Meerman, Jan C. and Walker, Paul and Walker, Zoe (2013) Conceptual Ecological Model of the Chiquibul/Maya Mountain Massif, Belize. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 19 (2). pp. 317-340. ISSN 1080-7039

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    Abstract

    The Chiquibul/Maya Mountain Massif (CM3) is an approximately 1.23 million-acre area is southwestern Belize and is among the most intact tropical forests north of the Amazon. The CM3 has a variety of habitats that contribute to its valuable environmental services and high aesthetic value, but despite its protected area status, the CM3 is under increasing pressure from extraction of natural cultural resources as a result of trans-boundary incursions on the western border and increased land-use changes from industrial activities that include agriculture, hydro-power development, logging, and mining. Conceptual ecological models (CEM) are effective planning tools for organizing existing information about natural systems for determining tools for organizing existing information about natural systems for determining gaps in knowledge and research priorities and for developing objectives and measures of success for management and monitoring programs. The CEM of the CM3 describe ecological relationships among major stressors and attributes if the system and presents performance measures to quantify potential change to attributes. Attributes were derived from defining characteristics of the massif and chosen as valuable ecological and cultural components of the massif. Ecological linkages between stressors and attributes highlight priorities for conservation, management, and, research that will ensure continued protection of the CM3.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Unique ID or DOI: 10.1080/10807039.2012.685809
      Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
      Keywords: Conservation Management, Ecological Indicators, Ecosystem attributes, Environmental stressors, Landscape model, Maya Mountain
      Subjects: (H) Protected Areas > (HC) Forest Reserve
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 09:50
      Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 09:50
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1366

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