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Assessing the Effectiveness of Urban Nature Reserves on Biodiversity Conservation

1Laboratory for Silviculture and Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China


Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2014, Vol. 2 No. 6, 130-134
DOI: 10.12691/aees-2-6-1
Copyright © 2014 Science and Education Publishing

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Mukete Beckline, Sun Yujun. Assessing the Effectiveness of Urban Nature Reserves on Biodiversity Conservation. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2014; 2(6):130-134. doi: 10.12691/aees-2-6-1.

Correspondence to: Sun  Yujun, Laboratory for Silviculture and Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China. Email: sunyj@bjfu.edu.cn

Abstract

Around the globe, environmental policies have always favouredurban green spaces for recreation and tourism. But, these green spaces also serve as habitats for plant and animal species, facilitate soil water retention and carbon sequestration. One of such green spaces, is the Byoasen located in the Nørrebro suburb of Copenhagen, Denmark. A biodiversity survey was conducted aimed at assessing species composition, richness and biological heterogeneity. The species richness (flora and fauna) data were collected and weighted against natural factors e.g. arbor cover and anthropogenic factors e.g. human activity. The results suggested that biodiversity richness increased with increased arbor cover and within areas with little human access.

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