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Vegetation monitoring and conservation planning

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The research partnership initially focused on vegetation monitoring as a basis for identifying conservation priority areas and for planning invasive species management efforts (e.g., Fleischmann 1996, Fleischmann 1997, Fleischmann et al. 2005, and see section on vegetation monitoring in Teaching).


Seychelles is the country in the world with the largest proportion of land legally protected (>50%). Accelerating housing and tourism developments in recent years, however, have put additional pressure on areas set aside for the protection of biodiversity. This progress has increased the demand for sound, evidence-based recommendations on the distribution of terrestrial biodiversity in Seychelles to legitimize existing protected areas and their expansion. Data from monitoring programmes is also used to plan ecotourism trail networks (Ecotourism).


Further, we developed vegetation and biodiversity monitoring systems for nature reserves (Cousin and Cousine islands, Aride island) and habitat restoration programmes (North Island Resort, Inselberg restoration project) that support assisted management of nature reserves, rare species and restoration efforts.


References

Fleischmann, K., Edwards, P.J., Ramseier, D., Kollmann, J., 2005. Stand structure, species diversity and regeneration of an endemic palm forest on the Seychelles. African Journal of Ecology 43, 291-301.

Fleischmann, K., 1997. Invasion of alien woody plants on the islands of Mahe and Silhouette, Seychelles. Journal of Vegetation Science 8, 5-12.

Fleischmann, K., Porembski, S., Biedinger, N., Barthlott, W., 1996. Inselbergs in the sea: Vegetation of granite outcrops on the islands of Mahe, Praslin and Silhouette (Seychelles). Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 62, 61-74.


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