Land use pattern and its dynamic changes in Amur tiger distribution region

Zhong Wen Li, Jianguo Wu, Xiao Jun Kou, Yu Tian, Tian Ming Wang, Pu Mu, Jian Ping Ge

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Abstract

Land use and land cover change has been the primary cause for the habitat loss and fragmentation in the distribution region of Amur tiger ( Panthera tigris altaica ). Based on the spatiotemporal changes of land use and land cover in the distribution region, as well as their effects on the population dynamics of Amur tiger, this paper analyzed the development process and its characteristics of the main land use types ( agricultural land, forest land, and construction land ) in this region , with the land use change history being divided chronically into three distinctive periods, i. e. , ancient times (prior to 1860), modern times (1860-1949), and contemporary times (after 1949). The results showed that the sporadic land use in ancient times had no significant effects on the survival of Amur tiger, while the extensive and intensive land use after the 1860s was mainly responsible for the decrease of Amur tiger population and its living space. Since 1949, the Amur tiger distribution region has been divided into two parts, i. e. , Northeast China and Russia Far East. The differences in land use pattern, policy, and intensity between these two parts led to different survival status of Amur tiger. The key driving forces for the land use change in Amur tiger distribution region were human population increase, policy change, and increased productivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-724
Number of pages12
JournalChinese Journal of Applied Ecology
Volume20
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Agriculture
  • Distribution region of amur tiger
  • Forest
  • Land use
  • Urban areas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Li, Z. W., Wu, J., Kou, X. J., Tian, Y., Wang, T. M., Mu, P., & Ge, J. P. (2009). Land use pattern and its dynamic changes in Amur tiger distribution region. Chinese Journal of Applied Ecology, 20(3), 713-724.