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The recovery of the lower montane cloud forest in the Mucujún watershed, Mérida, Venezuela.

Literature: Journal Articles Recursos en Español - Spanish

Gutiérrez Beltrán, N., Gärtner, S., Lopez, J., Pacheco, C., and Reif, A. 2013. The recovery of the lower montane cloud forest in the Mucujún watershed, Mérida, Venezuela. Regional Environmental Change.

Contact Info

Néstor Gutiérrez


Instituto de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo Forestal


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Species Info

  • Fraxinus uhdei (introducida / introduced)
  • Melinis minutiflora (invasiva / invasive)


Se analiza el cambio de uso y cobertura en una zona montana de los Andes de Venezuela en un periodo de 50 años. Los resultados indican una recuperación de la cobertura forestal y abandono de pastizales, también se analiza la recuperación del ecosistema con el indice de hemerobia utilizando indicadores de la composición florística y estructura. Se aprecia una disminución de la influencia antrópica en los ecosistemas pero es evidente la presencia de especies introducidas (como Fraxinus uhdei) aún en bosques secundarios avanzados y una baja recuperación de especies características de los ecosistemas originales.

Land-use change and coverage was analyzed in a mountain region of the Andes of Venezuela during a period of 50 years. The results indicate a recovery of forest cover and abandoned grassland ecosystem. Also recovery was analyzed using a hemerobia index using indicators of floristic composition and structure. A decrease of anthropogenic influence on ecosystems is found, but there was evidence of introduced species (Fraxinus uhdei) even in advanced secondary forest and a low recovery of species characteristic of the original ecosystem.

Geographical Region

  • Andean Region
  • Ecosystems

  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Venezuela
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