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Recent changes in the upland watershed forest of Monasavu, a cloud forest site along the PABITRA gateway transect on Viti Levu, Fiji

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Title: Recent changes in the upland watershed forest of Monasavu, a cloud forest site along the PABITRA gateway transect on Viti Levu, Fiji
Authors: Tuiwawa, Marika.
LC Subject Headings: Biogeography--Fiji--Viti Levu.
Biological diversity--Monitoring--Fiji--Viti Levu.
Pacific-Asia Biodiversity Transect Network.
Natural history--Periodicals.
Science--Periodicals.
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Issue Date: Apr 2005
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Tuiwawa M. 2005. Recent changes in the upland watershed forest of Monasavu, a cloud forest site along the PABITRA gateway transect on Viti Levu, Fiji. Pac Sci 59(2): 159-163.
Series/Report no.: vol. 59, no. 2
Abstract: The Monasavu catchment was selected as an additional study site for biodiversity assessment at the top of the PABITRA wet-zone landscape transect on Viti Levu. The site consists of upland rain forest with cloud forest and a freshwater lake. The lake was constructed to supply hydroelectric power. The biota of the area has been little studied, but initial surveys indicate that many endemic species are present. Construction of the hydroelectric dam has led to some conflicts between the Fiji Electric Company and local landowners around Monasavu. Nevertheless, the unique cloud-forest habitat and the desire of the landowners to sustainably utilize their resources and protect wildlife makes Monasavu an important addition to the PABITRA Gateway Transect.
Pages/Duration: 6 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24170
ISSN: 0030-8870
DOI: 10.1353/psc.2005.0028
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 59, Number 2, 2005



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