Protected areas as biodiversity benchmarks for human impact: agriculture and the Serengeti avifauna.

@article{Sinclair2002ProtectedAA,
  title={Protected areas as biodiversity benchmarks for human impact: agriculture and the Serengeti avifauna.},
  author={Anthony R. E. Sinclair and Simon A. R. Mduma and Peter Arcese},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={269 1508},
  pages={2401-5}
}
Protected areas as biodiversity benchmarks allow a separation of the direct effects of human impact on biodiversity loss from those of other environmental changes. We illustrate the use of ecological baselines with a case from the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. We document a substantial but previously unnoted loss of bird diversity in agriculture detected by reference to the immediately adjacent native vegetation in Serengeti. The abundance of species found in agriculture was only 28% of that… CONTINUE READING
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