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Protecting biodiversity in situ in the Amazonian Region of BrazilAuthor(s): Claudia Sellier
Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 515-518
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Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionBrazil has approximately 3.6 million km2 (1.4 million mi2) of forest, with the majority concentrated in the Amazonian region. The Atlantic Forest was reduced to less than 8 percent of its original territory. Development activities are being implemented without consideration for the local environment, causing both biodiversity and habitat losses. Establishment of protected areas is one of the specific strategies to protect the biodiversity in situ, therefore, the Brazilian government has an international commitment to maintain 10 percent of the country’s landscape under the integral protection regime. Environmentalists, communities, and environmental institutions have different points of view about biodiversity conservation or preservation in situ programs within the conservation units (protected areas), with the disagreement centering on natural resource use by the forest dwelling people within the conservation units.
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CitationSellier, Claudia. 2007. Protecting biodiversity in situ in the Amazonian Region of Brazil. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 515-518
Keywordswilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values
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