Ecological Consequences of Controlling the Tsetse Fly In South Western Ethiopia Influence of Land Use / Land Cover On Bird Species Richness

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1994
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Cathleen J W
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Cathleen J W
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For over a hundred years, scientists and developers have anticipated the consequences of the control of the tsetse fly (Glossina spp) in Africa (e.g., Burton 1860). From one perspective, economists calculate the positive impacts of controlling this debilitating livestock disease on agriculture (Hoste 1987, Jahnke et al.1988). These positive impacts include increases in livestock populations, in livestock-related products (milk, meat), and in livestock outputs (e.g., draught power). From another perspective, conservationists claim that the fly is protecting biodiversity across the continent by preventing people and their livestock from living in tsetse-infested areas. If the fly is controlled, these scientists believe valuable species and ecosystems will be lost, and in tum, that human welfare will suffer (Ormerod 1978, 1986, 1990).
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