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Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
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Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, and John M. Fryxell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226195834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001

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Agricultural Expansion and Human Population Trends in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem from 1984 to 2003

Agricultural Expansion and Human Population Trends in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem from 1984 to 2003

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(p.512) (p.513) Eighteen Agricultural Expansion and Human Population Trends in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem from 1984 to 2003
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Serengeti IV
Author(s):

Anna B. Estes

Tobias Kuemmerle

Hadas Kushnir

V. C. Radeloff

H. H. Shugart

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.003.0018

Protected areas are impacted by what takes place around their borders, and the nature and severity of these impacts is influenced by reserve size, land use and human populations. Contrary to the common assumption that immigration is the result of attractive forces associated with the protected area itself, our study suggests that people in western Serengeti are being pushed from their areas of origin by lack of arable land, which they find near the protected area. Effective, targeted conservation interventions require that we move beyond broad generalizations to correctly identify both the patterns and the drivers of human population trends and their relationship to both land-cover change and protected areas on a case-by-case basis.

Keywords:   human population, protected areas, land-cover change, Serengeti ecosystem

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