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Title: INVESTIGATION INTO THE INDIVIDUAL AND COMBINED IMPACTS OF WILDLIFE TRADE AND HABITAT LOSS ON BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION INTERVENTIONS INTHE TROPICS
Authors: WILLIAM SIGOURNEY SYMES
ORCID iD:   orcid.org/0000-0002-7541-6647
Keywords: Conservation, wildlife trade, protected areas, birds, deforestation
Issue Date: 18-Jan-2018
Citation: WILLIAM SIGOURNEY SYMES (2018-01-18). INVESTIGATION INTO THE INDIVIDUAL AND COMBINED IMPACTS OF WILDLIFE TRADE AND HABITAT LOSS ON BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION INTERVENTIONS INTHE TROPICS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: My PhD thesis investigates the effects of two economic drivers of environmental change and biodiversity decline, wildlife trade and habitat loss. My first data chapter explores how socio-economic factors undermine protected areas by studying the spatial occurrence of protected area downgrading, downsizing and degazettement. Next, I apply a gravity-underreporting framework to data on legal and illegal wildlife trade, to understand the economic drivers of trade in mammalian, reptilian and avian products. The next two chapters focus Sundaland, a global biodiversity hotspot in South East Asia. Firstly, I combine remote sensing, ecological, and socio-economic data to quantify the combined impacts of wildlife trade and habitat loss on 308 species of forest dependent birds in the region. Finally, I engage in a process I have dubbed ‘extinction accounting’ for the extensive peatland areas in the region. I link biodiversity declines to agricultural profits from peatland conversion between 1990 and 2015.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/147846
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