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ECOFOR Policy Briefs

02-02-2017

Members of the ECOFOR project have produced a series of 5 policy briefs to inform the general public about our findings. These were first presented at the RAS (Rede Amazonia Sustentavel) symposium in December 2016. These policy briefs compile data from 7 years of research in the state of Para, combining socio-economic and environmental data, They address the 5 following areas of our research:  

–          Wildfires

–          The impacts of forest degradation

–          Streams and rivers

–          Efficient environmental regularization

–          Ways to sustainable landscapes 

Currently, the policy briefs are available only in Portuguese, but the English version should be available soon.

Click on the images below to visualize the briefs. Alternatively, they can be accessed at http://simposioamazoniasustentavel.org (‘policy briefs’ tab in the upper right corner).

 

 Florestas Fogo Igarapes Legal Paisagens

59th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS)

10-08-2016

The ECOFOR team participated at the 59th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), which took place in Pirenópolis, in the state of Goiás.

Gabriel Sabino presented a poster on tree floristics, richness and diversity in the Atlantic Forest fragments (available here), and he has also produced an amazing guide to the tree community in the Cunha park for the foreign visitors (available here).

Amazing news – our article in the Nature!

04-07-2016

Nature has published an article lead by Jos based on our ongoing research in the Brazilian state of Pará, in which we we investigate the impacts of human-driven forest disturbance on biodiversity and find impressive results: even when preserving 80% forest cover, as per the Brazilian Forest Code, landscapes will maintain only 50% of its biodiversity.

http://www.nature.com.zhongjivip.net/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature18326.html#affil-auth

The article has received lots of media attention, including the following article in the BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36665107

10th Newsletter

20-06-2016

Hard to believe that this is already the 10th issue of our newsletter!! Many thanks to all the ECOFOR members for their ongoing support. Enjoy the reading!

Newsletter 10

A destruição que ninguém vê: article by ECOFOR researchers in Ciência hoje

20-06-2016

The Brazilian magazine Ciência hoje, one of the major science dissemination magazines in Brazil, has just published an article by Erika, Joice, Toby and Jos in which they explain the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation, linking these phenomena to human activities such as setting up fires on agricultural lands or logging. Thanks to its comprehensible and engaging style, the article has the potential to reach a wide Portuguese-speaking audience.

Click below to read the article (in Portuguese):

http://www.cienciahoje.org.br/revista/materia/id/1046/n/a_destruicao_que_ninguem_ve

Photo by Jos Barlow

8th Newsletter

20-06-2016

Please see the February issue of the Newsletter with the updates from the field and other exciting information about our project!

Newsletter 8