Biodiversity conservation gaps in the brazilian protected areas
(UFMG) Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais ; Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) ; Instituto Federal Goiano (IF Goiano) ; Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia (MACN) ; Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV) ; National University of Singapore (NUS) ; Instituto Prístino ; Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) ; Universidade Federal da Integração Latino-Americana (UNILA)
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Although Brazil is a megadiverse country and thus a conservation priority, no study has yet quantified conservation gaps in the Brazilian protected areas (PAs) using extensive empirical data. Here, we evaluate the degree of biodiversity protection and knowledge within all the Brazilian PAs through a gap analysis of vertebrate, arthropod and angiosperm occurrences and phylogenetic data. Our results show that the knowledge on biodiversity in most Brazilian PAs remain scant as 71% of PAs have less than 0.01 species records per km2. Almost 55% of Brazilian species and about 40% of evolutionary lineages are not found in PAs, while most species have less than 30% of their geographic distribution within PAs. Moreover, the current PA network fails to protect the majority of endemic species. Most importantly, these results are similar for all taxonomic groups analysed here. The methods and results of our countrywide assessment are suggested to help design further inventories in order to map and secure the key biodiversity of the Brazilian PAs. In addition, our study illustrates the most common biodiversity knowledge shortfalls in the tropics.
Oliveira U, Soares-Filho BS, Paglia AP, Brescovit AD, Carvalho CJ.B., Silva DP, et al. Biodiversity conservation gaps in the brazilian protected areas. Sci. Rep. 2017 Mar;7:9141. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08707-2.
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(CNPq) Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico ; (FAPEMIG) Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais ; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation ; (INCT-HYMPAR) Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia dos Hymenoptera Parasitóides da Região Sudeste Brasileira ; (NSF) National Science Foundation ; (PAPPE) Programa de Apoio à Produtividade em Pesquisa
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