von Oktober 2002 bis März 2006
Leitung: Prof. Dr. Renate Bürger-Arndt
Bearbeitung/Kontakt: San Oo
Mitwirkende Institutionen: University of Forestry, Yezin, Myanmar
OO, S. (2006): Changes of vegetation diversity with regard to different land use practices in some forest types of Myanmar. Dissertation. Cuvillier Verlag. Göttingen, 155 pp.
deforestation, forest conversion, shifting cultivation, vegetation biodiversity, Myanmar
In Myanmar, the need to provide adequate food for a rapid population growth has placed enormous pressure on existing productive land. Therefore, the forest margins, the peripheral areas bordering cultivated lands, are also brought under cultivation resulting in further deforestation of the tropical forests and often in drainage of wetland areas. Shifting cultivation is a form of agriculture adapted to upland areas where slopes are steep and soils poor. In such areas, the forest is cut to release nutrients from the resulting biomass to the soil and enhance crop growth. Within a few seasons, this temporary fertility is exhausted and new fields are cut. The objectives are to identify the vegetation biodiversity of the selected study areas and to obtain a quantitative assessment of forest cover changes in the study areas, also providing the dynamics of forest conversion in the region.