Evaluating the Efficacy of Sarawak's Protected Areas Network for Conserving Native Wildlife

Michael Lawes, Jayasilan Mohd-Azlan, Vanessa Adams, C Hilton-Taylor, C Rondinini, P Visconti, Robert Pressey

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    Sarawak has lost most of its primary rainforest, and rainforest reserves are small and scattered as a consequence. While extensive areas of secondary forest exist, much of the terrestrial wildlife occurs outside protected areas. We examine the protected areas network in Sarawak to determine whether it protects vulnerable mammal species. We use taxon data from the IUCN database at a resolution of 10 km x 10 km. We compare the status and distribution of mammal species in Sarawak with the rest of the island of Borneo and in so doing assign conservation importance values to species in Sarawak. Using the conservation planning software Marxan, we explored the efficiency of the existing protected areas network, species richness and rarity hotspots, prime forest sites and
    complementary networks as alternative approaches to priority reserve selection, as well as the potential use of ‘indicator’ taxa. In this paper we discuss our procedures and data sources, and seek advice on how to proceed further.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRIMBA - 3 Sustaning livelihood through prudent utilization and management of natural resources
    EditorsAndrew Alek Tuen, Mohd-Azlan Jayasilan, Jongkar Grinang
    Place of PublicationMalaysia
    PublisherInstitute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)9789839151091
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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