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Porto Seguro, Brazil

Holvorcem C.G.D.,Instituto BioAtlantica | Tambosi L.R.,University of Sao Paulo | Ribeiro M.C.,Claro | Costa S.,Instituto BioAtlantica | Mesquita C.A.B.,Instituto BioAtlantica
Natureza a Conservacao | Year: 2011

We propose a new methodology based on graph theory for selecting high priority "anchor areas" to which conservation and restoration activities could be "attached", in order to maximize the impact of the available resources on biodiversity conservation and on increasing the landscape functional connectivity. Anchor areas are defined as habitat fragments which are among the largest present in the landscape and the most important for maintaining the landscape functional connectivity, as quantified by the Integral Index of Connectivity (IIC). Recommended actions include increasing the protection of the anchor areas and restoring smaller fragments in their neighborhood whose size and placement make them convenient "stepping stones" in the establishment of ecological corridors between the anchor areas and other areas with a potentially high biological importance. We illustrate our approach with an analysis of the sizes and functional connections between remaining forest fragments in the "Mesopotamia of Biodiversity", a portion of Brazilian Atlantic Forest with an especially rich biodiversity situated between the rivers Jequitinhonha and Doce. © 2011 ABECO. Source

Mesquita C.A.B.,Rua Goethe 75 | Holvorcem C.G.D.,Instituto BioAtlantica | Lyrio C.H.,Instituto BioAtlantica | De Menezes P.D.,Instituto Cidade | And 2 more authors.
Ecological Restoration | Year: 2010

We describe the process leading to the creation of the Cooperative of Reforestation Workers of Far Southern Bahia (COOPLANTAR), a cooperative that specializes in restoration of the Atlantic Forest in the Monte Pascoal-Pau Brasil Ecological Corridor in southern Bahia, Brazil, and provides job and income for members of local impoverished communities. We discuss the achievements of the cooperative, difficulties it has faced, and its prospects for future sustainability and expansion. © 2010 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. Source

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