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Understanding Brazil’s catastrophic fires: Causes, consequences and policy needed to prevent future tragedies
Vânia R. Pivello, Ima Vieira, Alexander V. Christianini, Danilo Bandini Ribeiro, Luciana da Silva Menezes, Christian Niel Berlinck, Felipe P.L. Melo, José Antonio Marengo, ... Gerhard E. Overbeck
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:233-55
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Highlights

  • Fire incidence in Brazil increased in 2019−2020, with unprecedented magnitude in the Pantanal.

  • Fire effects vary according to the evolutionary history of the affected ecosystem.

  • A drier climate and land use changes increase the risk of wildfires throughout Brazil.

  • Poor governance further exacerbates the risk and damage of wildfires.

  • Fire policies must be improved by collaboration among different sectors of the society.

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Opportunities and challenges of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) for biodiversity conservation
Helena Alves-Pinto, Jonas Geldmann, Harry Jonas, Veronica Maioli, Andrew Balmford, Agnieszka Ewa Latawiec, Renato Crouzeilles, Bernardo Strassburg
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:115-20
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Highlights

  • The inclusion of OECMs into the post-2020 GBF may enable the recognition of other actors.

  • OECMs can contribute to improve linkages between equitable and effective conservation.

  • OECM’s identification, reporting and monitoring are a challenge.

  • Robust guidelines, and improved monitoring, are recommended to ensure OECMs integrity.

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Challenges and perspectives for the Brazilian semi-arid coast under global environmental changes
M.O. Soares, C.C. Campos, P.B.M. Carneiro, H.S. Barroso, R.V. Marins, C.E.P. Teixeira, M.O.B. Menezes, L.S. Pinheiro, ... T.M. Garcia
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:267-78
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Highlights

  • Changes in the Brazilian semi-arid coast reveal key questions to advance research.

  • Changes in the semi-arid coast can have consequences in the ecological stability and connectivity.

  • Modifications of the coastal dynamics can impact structure and function of adjacent marine ecosystems.

  • Semi-arid coast community dynamics under ongoing climate change should be monitored.

  • Beaches and nearshore mangroves erosion contrast with mangrove expansion inland.

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The lost road: Do transportation networks imperil wildlife population persistence?
Rafael Barrientos, Fernando Ascensão, Marcello D’Amico, Clara Grilo, Henrique M. Pereira
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:411-6
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Highlights

  • The global road network is rapidly growing.

  • Population-level studies represent a minority on road ecology.

  • Most of them focused large mammals from high-income countries.

  • More research on threatened species from developing countries is need.

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Land-use changes lead to functional loss of terrestrial mammals in a Neotropical rainforest
Marcelo Magioli, Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz, Adriano Garcia Chiarello, Mauro Galetti, Eleonore Zulnara Freire Setz, Adriano Pereira Paglia, Nerea Abrego, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Otso Ovaskainen
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:161-70
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Highlights

  • Mammal richness and body mass are directly and negatively affected by deforestation.

  • Vulnerable ecological functions lose prevalence with land-use change.

  • Persistent ecological functions are benefitted by increasing anthropogenic land-use.

  • Five out of ten ecological functions lose prevalence in human-modified landscapes.

  • The loss of ecological functions might compromise the persistence of forest remnants.

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Long-term contamination of the Rio Doce estuary as a result of Brazil’s largest environmental disaster
Fabrício Â. Gabriel, Amanda D. Ferreira, Hermano M. Queiroz, Ana Luisa S. Vasconcelos, Tiago O. Ferreira, Angelo F. Bernardino
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:417-28
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Highlights

  • Long-term (>4.2 years) contamination and ecological risks of the Rio Doce estuary.

  • Sediment metal(loid)s concentrations support a continued potential adverse biological effect.

  • Despite a decrease in metal(loid)s concentration, the chronic contamination is still above reference values.

  • The Rio Doce estuary works as a sink for tailings and a source of toxic metal(loid)s.

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Landscape ecology in the Anthropocene: an overview for integrating agroecosystems and biodiversity conservation
Juliana Silveira dos Santos, Pavel Dodonov, Júlia Emi F. Oshima, Felipe Martello, Andrelisa Santos de Jesus, Manuel Eduardo Ferreira, Carlos M. Silva-Neto, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Rosane Garcia Collevatti
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:21-32
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Highlights

  • Agroecosystem management needs to be considered in landscape ecology studies.

  • Three components of heterogeneity are important to characterize agroecosystems.

  • Studies should include the economic gains provided by ecological farming practices.

  • Studies should include social and economic components of agricultural landscapes.

  • Fine spatial and temporal data are necessary to better characterize agroecosystems.

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Enhancing climate change resilience of ecological restoration — A framework for action
William D. Simonson, Ellen Miller, Alastair Jones, Shaenandhoa García-Rangel, Hazel Thornton, Chris McOwen
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:300-10
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Highlights

  • Climate change needs considering in seven areas of restoration design/implementation.

  • These range from objective setting through to monitoring and adaptive management.

  • Evidence is scant for climate change resilient restoration in practice.

  • Our framework can help structure a more climate change resilient restoration approach.

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The emergence of a new deforestation hotspot in Amazonia
Guilherme A.V. Mataveli, Michel E.D. Chaves, Nathaniel A. Brunsell, Luiz E.O.C. Aragão
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:33-6
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Highlights

  • Bidding notices for paving the BR-319 highway were recently announced.

  • No environmental impact study on the effects of this project were conducted in the most preserved portion of the highway.

  • Approximately 90% of the direct influence zone of the BR-319 highway is composed of pristine vegetation.

  • Deforestation alerts and active fires have increased after the publishing of the bidding notices.

  • This suggests the absence of a clear strategy for the sustainable development and conservation of the Brazilian Amazon.

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The underestimated role of small fragments for carnivore dispersal in the Atlantic Forest
Milena F. Diniz, Marco T.P. Coelho, Fernanda G. de Sousa, Érica Hasui, Rafael Loyola
Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation. 2021;19:81-9
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Highlights

  • Small Atlantic Forest remnants are key to carnivore population connectivity.

  • Stepping stones can particularly promote the dispersal of far-ranging species.

  • Human activities overlap with 29%–70% of the movement corridors for carnivores.

  • Only 15% of the area covered by key small forest remnants is currently protected.

  • Restoration initiatives focusing on key forest remnants would benefit species movement.

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