Abstract: Various international bodies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have proposed guidelines for safeguarding biodiversity. Nevertheless, quantitative criteria for safeguarding biodiversity should first be established to measure the attainment of biodiversity conservation if biodiversity is to be safeguarded effectively. We conducted research on the impact of logging on biodiversity of dung beetles and small mammals in a production forest in Temengor Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia. This was done to develop such quantitative criteria for Malaysian production forests while paying special attention to the effects of road networks, such as skid trails, logging roads, and log yards, on biodiversity. Species assemblages of dung beetles as well as small mammals along and adjacent to road networks were significantly different from those in forest interiors. Therefore, minimizing the road network density will contribute to retaining biodiversity; this will allow us to use road network density as a quantitative criterion for safeguarding biodiversity in production forests. Additionally, road network density is easily measurable and verifiable by remote sensing, which enables us to check the implementation of the criteria.
Keywords: biodiversity conservation; dung beetle; REDD+; selective logging; small mammal; tropical rain forest; tropical silviculture
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Yamada, T.; Niino, M.; Yoshida, S.; Hosaka, T.; Okuda, T. Impacts of Logging Road Networks on Dung Beetles and Small Mammals in a Malaysian Production Forest: Implications for Biodiversity Safeguards. Land 2014, 3, 639-657.
Yamada T, Niino M, Yoshida S, Hosaka T, Okuda T. Impacts of Logging Road Networks on Dung Beetles and Small Mammals in a Malaysian Production Forest: Implications for Biodiversity Safeguards. Land. 2014; 3(3):639-657.
Yamada, Toshihiro; Niino, Masahiro; Yoshida, Satoru; Hosaka, Tetsuro; Okuda, Toshinori. 2014. "Impacts of Logging Road Networks on Dung Beetles and Small Mammals in a Malaysian Production Forest: Implications for Biodiversity Safeguards." Land 3, no. 3: 639-657.