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Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of woody vegetation along park boundary and the possible causes: A case study of Umfurudzi Game Park and adjacent communal lands

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dc.contributor.author Madumira, Wellington
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-10T07:13:47Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-10T07:13:47Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10646/1256
dc.description.abstract Although national parks have been established across Africa to protect areas from deforestation and to conserve biodiversity, they are not immune to disturbances outside and inside their boundaries. A study on spatial and temporal heterogeneity of woody vegetation was carried out along the boundary of Umfurudzi Game Park. Sampling was done at the four corners of the park. The study considered soil factors as determinants of woody species distribution. Data were analysed in Genstat software package, Microsoft Excel and Past software Package. Marked differences in woody vegetation structure and composition and soil characteristics were observed along Umfurudzi Park boundary. The differences were attributed to both human and natural factors. A progressive increase in vegetation disturbances within the buffer zone was noted for the period 1985-2010. Agriculture was concluded to be the main possible cause of vegetation disturbances along Umfurudzi Park boundary en_US
dc.language.iso en_ZW en_US
dc.subject woody vegetation en_US
dc.subject national park en_US
dc.subject Park boundary en_US
dc.subject Game Park en_US
dc.subject savanna ecosystems en_US
dc.title Spatial and temporal heterogeneity of woody vegetation along park boundary and the possible causes: A case study of Umfurudzi Game Park and adjacent communal lands en_US
thesis.degree.advisor Kativu, S
thesis.degree.country Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Biological Sciences en_US
thesis.degree.faculty Faculty of Science en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Zimbabwe en_US
thesis.degree.grantoremail specialcol@uzlib.uz.ac.zw
thesis.degree.level MSc en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Tropical Resource Ecology en_US
thesis.degree.thesistype Thesis en_US
dc.date.defense 2013-06


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