. Energy News .

Hunting said pushing central African forests to point of collapse
by Staff Writers
Stirling, Scotland (UPI) Jul 23, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Hunting of important animal species in central Africa could be pushing forests to the point of ecological collapse, an international research team says.

Scientists from British and Australian universities and the Wildlife Conservation Society warn the current rate of unsustainable hunting of forest elephants, gorillas and other seed-dispersing species threatens the ability of forest ecosystems to regenerate.

The researchers say unless landscape-wide hunting management plans are put in place there is a risk of environmental catastrophe, a WCS release said Tuesday.

"Humans have lived in the forests of Central Africa for thousands of years, until recently practicing subsistence hunting for the needs of their communities," lead study author Kate Abernethy of Scotland's Stirling University said. "Over the past few decades, this dynamic has drastically changed.

"Much of the hunting is now commercially driven, and species that play important ecological functions are being driven to local extinction."

Mammals such as forest elephants, gorillas, forest antelopes and others play a major role in seed dispersal for most tree species, the researchers said, and the removal of these mammals by bushmeat hunters disrupts forest regeneration.

"Another emerging problem for Central Africa's forests is the migration of large numbers of people into remote forests, around the new plantations and the mining and logging camps," co-author Fiona Maisels, a WCS conservationist, said. "This population growth creates additional hunting pressures on previously lightly populated areas."

The researchers said a top priority should be the protection of megafauna such as forest elephants and apex predators such as leopards in order to maintain intact ecosystems in Central Africa.

"The clock is ticking on the future of large mammals in Central Africa's Congo Basin Rainforest, and with them on the future of the forests themselves and all the people who depend on them," James Deutsch, executive director of WCS's Africa Program, said. "The people, the forests, and the wildlife need an emergency effort to bring illegal and unsustainable hunting under control."


Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Get Our Free Newsletters
Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear


Irish Potato Famine-Causing Pathogen Even More Virulent Now
Raleigh NC (SPX) Jul 22, 2013
The plant pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s lives on today with a different genetic blueprint and an even larger arsenal of weaponry to harm and kill plants. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, North Carolina State University plant pathologist Jean Ristaino and colleagues Mike Martin and Tom Gilbert from the University of Copenhagen compared t ... read more

e2v and Astrium sign contract for imaging sensors to equip the Sentinel 4 satellite

The First Interplanetary Photobomb

The Color of the Ocean: the SABIA-Mar Mission

GOES-R Improvements to Provide Stunning, Continuous Full-Disk Imagery

Lockheed Martin Delivers Antenna Assemblies For Integration On First GPS III Satellite

GPS III satellite antenna assemblies ready for installation

Lockheed Martin GPS III Prototype Validates Test Facilities For Future Flight Satellites

Distorted GPS signals reveal hurricane wind speeds

Black Bears Return to Missouri Indicates Healthy Forests

Loss of African woodland may impact on climate

Most flammable boreal forests in North America become more so

80 percent of Malaysian Borneo degraded by logging

Microorganisms found in salt flats could offer new path to green hydrogen fuel

CSU researchers explore creating biofuels through photosynthesis

Drought response identified in potential biofuel plant

Euro Parliament committee endorses cap on using crops for biofuels

Two in one solution for low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells

HMC Farms Hedges Against Utility Power with Massive Cenergy Power Solar Farm

Solarcentury Africa ready for Southern African alternative energy generation boom

China to impose duties on US, S. Korean solar material

SOWITEC Mexico - strengthening its permitted project pipeline

Sky Harvest To Acquire Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Technology And Manufacturing Facilities

Wind Energy: Components Certification Helps Reduce Costs

Wind power does not strongly affect greater prairie chickens

Major China coal plant drains lake, wells: Greenpeace

Troubled U.K. Coal enters administration in restructuring move

Report: Alpha Australian coal project is 'stranded'

Germany's top court hears case against giant coal mine

Man in wheelchair detonates device at Beijing airport: state media

Chinese man kills one-child policy officials: media

'Wild Swans' author Jung Chang speaks of China dream

Wealthy Chinese fork out for high-class etiquette

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement