From diagnosis to conservation: the state of the art of biodiversity conservation in the BIOTA/FAPESP program
Keywords:BIOTA/FAPESP program, biological reserves, ecological indicators, priority areas, gap analysis, São Paulo state, Brazil
AbstractThe main objective of this study was to analyze the contribution of the BIOTA/FAPESP program, one of the largest biodiversity programs in Brazil, in conservation issues, such as in the development of ecological indicators, definition of priority areas for conservation, and conservation viability analyzes. We found that the program was in its first phase (1999-2005) mainly focused on short-term punctual inventories at the community level, and in terrestrial and freshwater habitats. We identified some limitations in the use of the collected data for conservation purposes, and suggest possible measures to avoid those problems and bridge the gap between the biodiversity diagnosis and conservation: i) to adopt inventory protocols which would allow an easy comparison of data obtained in different geographical regions; ii) to stimulate multiple taxa inventories in areas with high conservation potential; iii) to encourage the integration of research with action, specially in the case of restoration projects; and iv) to link the BIOTA program with other applied programs (for example, the FAPESP Program of Public Policy) or programs that would allow the monitoring and understanding of functional aspects of the ecosystems (e.g., Long Term Ecological Research Program from CNPq).
How to Cite
Metzger, J. P., & Casatti, L. (2006). From diagnosis to conservation: the state of the art of biodiversity conservation in the BIOTA/FAPESP program. Biota Neotropica, 6(2). Retrieved from //www.biotaneotropica.org.br/BN/article/view/217
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