Status, distribution and use of threatened tree species in the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan.

Orozumbekov, A., Cantarello, E. and Newton, A., 2014. Status, distribution and use of threatened tree species in the walnut-fruit forests of Kyrgyzstan. Forests Trees and Livelihoods, 24 (1), pp. 1-17.

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DOI: 10.1080/14728028.2014.928604


Information is lacking on the status of threatened tree species in Central Asia. This paper aims to provide preliminary information for 10 fruit and nut tree species of Kyrgyzstan. A field survey was conducted throughout the range of walnut-fruit forests in this country, supported by a socio-economic survey. Results indicated that species differed markedly in abundance. Whereas Malus sieversii was found in all locations, four species (Crataegus pontica,Pistacia vera,Pyrus korshinskyi and Sorbus persica) were only found in a minority (≤ 30%) of sites. Four species showed evidence of a bimodal distribution of stem diameters, which could be attributed to fuelwood harvesting, as indicated by the socio-economic survey. A majority of respondents reported a decline in the available grazing resource, a decline in the availability of harvested fruits and an increase in time required to collect fuelwood over the past decade. These results suggest that unsustainable land-use practices may be impacting negatively on populations of threatened fruit tree species. These results highlight the need to regulate local forest use to ensure that threatened fruit and nut tree species are effectively conserved, and the need for targeted actions to conserve the most threatened species, such as P. korshinskyi. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:anthropogenic disturbance, Kyrgyzstan, Malus spp, non-timber forest product, Red List, sustainable use, threatened species, walnut-fruit forests
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:21638
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Deposited On:07 Jan 2015 16:43
Last Modified:28 Jul 2015 08:42


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