Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are sites of global significance for biodiversity. They are identified using agreed international standards and aimed at maintaining effective ecological networks and landscape-level conservation planning. The La Hotte Massif is a KBA in Haiti threatened by the removal of tree cover. The loss of Haiti’s forest cover has been known for many years, but there has been no quantitative measurement or mapping of the current distribution of tree cover. Birdlife International provided funding for ERT Conservation and DWCT to address this issue.

Aims

To utilise high resolution (35cm) orthorectified images of Haiti within a GIS to quantify tree cover (four per cent cover classifications) in the La Hotte KBA, and statistically compare this with the frequency distribution of tree cover classes in areas outside the KBA network.

Partners

BirdLife International, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Outputs

Report to BirdLife International, GIS coverages of per cent tree cover in selected areas of Haiti.

Outcomes

Improved knowledge of tree cover distribution and loss in Haiti to guide actions associated with the KBA network.

Next case study →

QGIS for ecologists & conservation practitioners

Next course: 13th-14th June 2017

R for ecologists & conservation practitioners

Next course: 5th July 2017

ERT CONFERENCES 2017

 

NEWS: May 2017

Get more conservation news at...

ERT Conservation is the trading name of Ecological Research & Training Ltd.
Registered office: Rodborough Court, Walkley Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 3LR, UK. Registered in England and Wales No: 07076719

Website designed by Advocate