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    • Keywords


      Protected areas; wildlife sanctuary; disturbance; fragmentation; remote sensing; Rajasthan; India.

    • Abstract


      There is an urgent need to identify the human influence on landscape as disturbance regimes was realized for prioritization of the protected areas. The present study has attempted to describe the landscape level assessment of fragmentation and disturbance index in protected areas of Rajasthan using remote sensing and GIS techniques. Geospatial analysis of disturbance regimes indicates 61.75% of the total Pas are under moderate disturbance index followed by 28.64% and 9.61% under low and high, respectively. Among the 28 protected areas – National Chambal WLS, Jaisamand WLS, Kumbhalgarh WLS, Sawai Man Singh WLS, Kailadevi WLS and Bandh BarathaWLS are representing high level of disturbance. The present study has emphasized the moderate to low disturbance regimes in protected areas, which infer low biotic pressure and conservation effectiveness of PA network in Rajasthan. The spatial information generated on PAs is of valuable use for forest management and developing conservation strategies.

    • Author Affiliations


      P Hari Krishna1 C Sudhakar Reddy1 Randeep Singh2 C S Jha1

      1. Forestry and Ecology Group, National Remote Sensing Centre, Balanagar, Hyderabad 500 037, India.
      2. G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Almora 263 643, Uttarakhand, India.
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  • Journal of Earth System Science | News

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