Vol 10 Num 4




Forest legislative changes and their impacts on mammal ecology and diversity in Brazil

Mauro Galetti

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Departamento de Ecologia, CP 199, 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP, Brasil
email: mgaletti@rc.unesp.br

Renata Pardini

Universidade de São Paulo
Departamento de Zoologia, Rua do Matão, Travessa 14, 101, CEP 05508-090, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
José M. B. Duarte

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Departamento de Zootecnia, 14884-900 Jaboticabal, SP, Brasil
Vera M. F. da Silva

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)
Laboratório de Mamíferos Aquáticos, CP 471, 69081-001Manaus, AM, Brasil.
Alexandre Rossi

Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
Departamento de Ecologia, CP 199, 13506-900 Rio Claro, SP, Brasil
Carlos A. Peres

Centre for Ecology Evolution and Conservation
School of Environmental Sciences, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

keywords
edge effects, small mammals, flooded forests, riparian forests, corridors

publication date: 15-10-2010





Abstract
Forest ecosystems within Brazil host one of the highest levels of mammalian diversity on Earth, much of which within legally required forest set-asides in private landholdings. The Legal Reserves (RLs) and Permanent Protected Areas (APPs) of the Brazilian Forest Code provide an important strategy to maintain this diversity. Yet a proposed amendment to Brazil's 1965 forestry code would reduce protection of Brazil's forests, including the Amazon and the Atlantic forest, and bring irreversible detrimental effects to mammal diversity. Mammals are key components of forest ecosystem, providing important environmental services as pollinators, seed dispersers and ecosystem engineers. The local extinction of some species will negatively affect forest ecosystem service provisioning throughout the country. Another important effect of forest conversion within private properties, should the proposed changes happen, will be the emergence of new diseases, bringing serious public health problems in Brazil.

how to quote this paper
Galetti, M.; Pardini, R.; Duarte, J. M. B.; Silva, V. M. F.; Rossi, A. and Peres, C. A. Forest legislative changes and their impacts on mammal ecology and diversity in Brazil. Biota Neotrop.  Oct/Dec 2010 vol. 10, no. 4 https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v10n4/en/abstract?article+bn00710042010. ISSN 1676-0603.



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